Using Our Library

I've always had a thing for libraries.  Being surrounded by books is relaxing and brings a sense of calm to me.  Filling my library bag with a stack of books gets me really excited and I start flicking through them even before I get out the door and then have another look once inside the car or on my bike.

One thing I've noticed over the years is how many people use our library and all for different reasons too.  Such a good thing to see especially with so much available online these days.  I have tried using an e-reader however much prefer visiting the library in person, holding a book in my hands and turning pages.  Some books are a little more tattered than others and I often wonder about all of the places they've been and where they'll be going next.



My current stash of books is actually quite small at the moment as I'm next in line for a novel I've ordered The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.  I read a variety of books from novels, cookery and reference books.  I mix it up and usually read a novel in between reference books.  

Another item I order frequently are DVD's.  If I see a DVD advertised or on display at the shops which looks interesting I write it down and then order from our library.

I visit our library a number of times per week as there is always something to return or collect.  This is where the basket on my bike comes in handy.  Another activity which I find relaxing is riding my bike especially to the library.  One tiny issue though is that when you request books from other libraries especially cookbooks they are usually quite bulky.  I've had many occasions of riding home with a very heavy basket of books which I need to pedal up hills.

I get a real joy out of seeing library books in my basket.


If I'm riding to the library on a Sunday our daughter always joins me.  We ride together, park our bikes and then both enjoy being inside the library.  Seems my love of books and anything 'library' has rubbed off a little onto our daughter.



Libraries offer so much more too such as children's storytimes, crafts, author talks, group sessions, internet use, training, study nooks and a place for people to be together.  I often see people sitting in a cosy corner or on a couch with a newspaper, book, magazine or chatting.
 
This brings me to another service Library Link Victoria.  This service is fantastic and has allowed me to borrow almost any book or DVD which our library may not stock.  

Our library will be relocating in December for approximately 12 months whilst the council build a new multi-level Global Learning Centre.  I've subscribed to their newsletter to receive updates and completed a survey which allowed us to share our thoughts and ideas.  They've responded to the survey which are incorporated into the plans.  Responses are interesting as we all seem to think along the same lines such as spacious, light-filled, accessible for all, study nooks, group learning areas, children's area and most importantly space for people to connect.

Future home for our new library.

Our current library is certainly due for this big upgrade and I'm really looking forward to it.  In saying that I will also miss the old library as it holds so many memories for us.  All of the storytimes the kids and I attended, craft activities, school holiday activities and so much more.  The new library will bring on new and exciting memories however I will always remember the old ones too.

Libraries are just so vibrant and offer so much these days and are full of people doing so many different things.  With so many options for us online it is great to see that libraries are going strong.  I've noticed they've changed a lot over the years to keep up by offering so much more than a place to borrow books and it has worked.  It may just be me but I think that libraries are popular and people are using them more and more which is wonderful.

Some of my favourite things - books, coffee and polka dots!












9 comments

  1. Kylie, I can't believe it, I have a draft post ready to write about my local library! First we cook the same soup, now the same posts! Our little family are bookworms. We are always at the library. I always say to my daughter "How good is the library?!" I've worked in a bookstore in London and I loved it so much. I love everything about books too. And I know what you mean about the heavy cookbooks. I am always heaving heavy cookbooks out to the car!! You have just read my mind. Great Post.

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    1. I love bookshops too but think if I worked in one I'd be too busy checking out all the new books as they arrive.
      Looking forward to your post.

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  2. I love the library, too. Like you and your daughter, I also like to ride my bike there. I take the bus on the highway, and then ride the rest of the way on the bike path. I can tell that you read a lot, because you are such a good writer.

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    1. That's lovely thankyou. I just tend to write how I speak if that makes sense.

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  3. I love libraries and used book stores. When I was little, I wanted to be a librarian because I thought all they had to do as a job was reading.
    Yesterday I went to the library to check out three books. One didn't scan on the machine, so when I asked the librarian she said that the book was a reject and that I could keep it.

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    1. Oh wow that's fantastic. Enjoy and well done.

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  4. Oh, how I love books! I am never without a teetering pile on my bedside table (that does often fall over;) It is rare now for me to buy books but I borrow books, magazines, DVDs and CDs from our local libraries every week. I love browsing and seeing what I find but also that I can order books from other libraries that I want to read. Easy! A lot cheaper than buying all the books I'd love to read, that's for sure. My favourite library has a community garden surrounding it, where you can harvest herbs or a lime or two and can find little packets of seeds to bring home to your own garden. It's such a lovely feeling to visit there. Meg:)

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    1. I love seeing a pile of books on bedside tables and coffee tables. Your community garden sounds really good. Our council has installed some raised garden beds outside our library with herbs which people can help themselves to.

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  5. I love our library! In addition to the obvious books and DVDs (and the ability to get obscure books through interlibrary loans, which I take full advantage of), our library offers summer programs for the kids (puppet shows and such), free technology classes--mostly for adults, but we're bringing our Girl Scout troop to one this winter, ebook loans, and they have science equipment we can check out, such as microscopes, telescopes, etc, which is perfect for homeschoolers like us. :) When I was younger I volunteered at the library, and I loved the nights when they had me shelving books--I'd always find a stack of things to read that I wouldn't have stumbled across otherwise.

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