Love the Libe
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A Quilted Tapestry of Books
Twas dark when I left the library - actually it's dark here at 5PM
Erin Meadows Community Center
I always get giddy to see that my day's activities will include spending some time in the library. For some reason, this is the same feeling that I have since I was small and being surrounded with books was like being surrounded with your best friends. Weird.
In Grade School, our librarian, (and pocket your smile when I tell you her name), Mrs. Bukis, had me as her constant customer everyday during 4th grade. In fact, Hardy Boys series of 50 or so books, DONE in 25 days. I even went to reading the Nancy Drew series just to fulfill my hunger. One library card had 50 slots for book titles. All in all I had 5 library cards for the year, that's close to 250 books in a span of 10 months. :P
That year was also the year I had my first eyeglasses. For obvious reasons.
As far as I remember I liken books to ice cream. They have different flavors and not one flavor is a favorite for a long time. Borrowing the lead of the company behind the Magnolia brand of ice cream, naming some of their flavors as Flavor's of the month, some book titles become my flavor of the month and some authors are indeed great gelato makers!
(This is in response to Toni's Blog Carnival on "If Books Were Food...")
So going back to the library...I went to the library near our house and spent countless hours in a sea of books, CDs, DVDs and Audio Books. In fact, last year's installation of the public library's Wi-Fi made the visit a little bit longer as I intentionally had my Mac (which has been nameless for 2 months today) with me. I've always mentioned that my expenses for these "Friends" of mine, have been slashed considerably. Yes, for 7 days, you can take home the latest book, newly released from the bookstores. They call them lightning loans. Ordinarily, a book released for more than 6 months, can be loaned for 3 weeks. A magazine and a CD, after a new issue has been out can be borrowed for a week, while an audio book, for 3 weeks.
All for free. Some issues they may have 5 to 10 copies and if they're all out, you can reserve them for pick up via the internet and a robot calls you up when it is ready for pick up.
Again, all for free.
I extended my loan on a new book as there was a snowstorm when I was supposed to return it. Not even a slap on my wrist. The counter clerk just said, "I'm sure you wanted more time with your book that day." So no charge.
Of course, just like a friend, and yes, just like Ice Cream, we want to be with our friends all day...in the vernacular, "ninanamnam" - ang sarap kasi eh! So if books were ice cream, I'd be obese by now...well, in reality, malapit na...hahahah