2013-11-10

An ode to the library



For some reason I was thinking the yearly book sale was in November.
Obviously I was completely deluded in this matter. How stupid would that be;
a sale just at the busiest time of year? But I was hoping because
 I am in a reading mood this autumn, and books in Sweden are very pricey.
The cheapest pocket books on-line are still around 50 SEK (8 USD). 
But I like paper books - and I don't own a tablet.

So then Cinnamon man comes out and says: Why don't you go to the library?
The idea totally blew my mind. The library. Do you guys remember those?
I stared at him while I processed his innocuous inquiry. Living in the middle
of nowhere for 6 years has obviously caused me to forget certain societal services.

My weekly therapist appointment takes me to a nearby town where I also
attended high school back in the day. So this week I went in a little early to try out
this "library" thing. I expected to remember where it is located when I drove
through the town center, but no. I had to ask for directions. Embarrassingly
(and logically) enough it turns out to be situated in the building next to the high school.

I think it must be 10 years since I last had a library card, but it took me less
than 5 minutes to get a new one and to, electronically, check out a couple of books.
All for free - even the parking! Walking out the door, two heavy books in hand,
I felt stupid for not remembering this option earlier. I also made some observations:

1. Library books are hardcovers, and they're often oily and grimy.
2. (Some) library interiors haven't changed since 1982.
3. The newest books and editions are booked months beforehand.
Unknowing walk-ins like myself won't find any best sellers on the shelves.
4. At the desk, the stern whispering old ladies have been replaced
by young service minded staff and flashy technology.

With this ode to the library I also want to direct your attention to a suitably
autumnal blog event starting Tuesday and running through the rest of November:



http://www.etsy.com/se-en/listing/159837969/relaxation-check-list-tea-book-blanket?ref=related-0





 



21 kommentarer:

  1. That is so funny! I haven't been to a library in years myself. I've bought an e-reader recently even though I used to be a paper books only kind of girl myself. I really like it though! Saves a ton of money since I can get a lot of books free online and don't have to leave the house.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. You know, I looked at some e-readers but they are really expensive (at least over here) so I certainly wouldn't be saving any money - at least not compared to me using the library :)

      Radera
  2. Mitt problem med bibliotek är att jag tenderar att alltid låna för många, som jag sen inte hinner läsa innan den 3 veckor korta lånetiden är ute :/. Jag får alltid betala förseningsavgift.
    Jag försöker sitta still i den här soffan med mitt knä men det gör bara ont, blä. Nu ska jag lägga ifrån mig datorn och sy på en grej som jag hade tänkt lotta ut för över ett år sedan.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Precis sådär brukade jag också göra när jag var yngre, för jag ville besöka biblioteket så sällan som möjligt liksom. Men nu när jag ändå är i närheten varje vecka så har jag bestämt mig för att max ta hem 2-3 st åt gången.
      Tråkigt att ditt knä gör ont:( Hoppas det blir bättre snart!

      Radera
  3. Since I got my e-reader a year ago, my reading has tripled. I do read the occasional paperback/hardback, but only if I can't find them as an e-book or if it contains important visuals.

    And about the quote: Do we need anything more in life than tea, books and blankets? A cat, maybe?

    Have a lovely Sunday.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh yes, do need cats, plural :) Last night while I was reading there was a point when I had both of them in my lap at the same time. It was crowded but beyond cozy :)

      Radera
  4. I'm like you, Ms. Misantropia - I love a real book. Something about the smell of the paper, I think. I don't have an e-reader and as much as I love technology, I probably will never get one. I got a rural library card which gives me access to all the small little libraries in the county. And they deliver! Woot!

    P.S. I don't think I've seen a paperback for less than $12 USD in years - most average around $16 or more in the bookstores. Makes you really want to be sure you're going to love the book before you shell out that kind of money, doesn't it? That's another reason why the library is nice - you don't feel guilty about not finishing the book if you don't like it, since it didn't cost nothin'! :o)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Agreed! Paperbacks in Sweden are around 20 USD, hardbacks around 30 USD... I haven't bought anything else than pocket books for years. But of course Christmas is coming up, maybe I could wish for an e-reader..?

      Radera
  5. That sounds like it was an adventure!!!

    Here one checks out his or her own books out, and a guard makes sure none steals. I actually think they are not worried about the books, but the games and DVDs. Though I have cut way back, I still buy a lot of books, but they are used and cost about 4 dollars. 4 is my limit. My spouse goes to the library.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Our library doesn't even have a guard :) But of course, it's in a very small town. I should check out this used books thing, I just don't know where to begin. Sweden doesn't really have such places, we are such a throw away country :(

      Radera
  6. I love libraries. They are my research centers. When I find a new author, I get their books from the library first. If I love it, I buy it. Or if I stop loving an author (the story starts to get boring in a series) I stop buying the books and get them from the library--I need to know what happens at the end lol.

    Here is a bit of my library tale, which you might enjoy. If you already read it, just ignore me: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2011/03/world-in-basket.html

    Off to see Marfi!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh, that tote sounded great! Has the little one turned around yet or are you still waiting for her?

      Radera
  7. Hello!
    I have not been to a library in a few years... I used to go every two weeks when I was a child... My mom discovered that my appetite for reading was more than she could afford to pay for at the bookstore.lol
    Thanks for mentioning my Book and Blanket challenge:)
    Will be simple, but the weather and my frame of mind is ready for it!

    Have a good day.
    M

    SvaraRadera
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    1. You know, simple is perfect right now. But I'm also feeling like I'm really getting back in to the blog swing now, so I will certainly post every Tuesday! Are you planning on 3 or 4 weeks?

      Radera
  8. A few years ago when I went on medical leave, I had to stop buying books. I turned back to my local library and even rent my movies for free from them. It may take a while to get the new releases but its okay since it is free. :-)
    blessings
    ~*~

    SvaraRadera
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    1. We're used to everything moving at such an express pace, having everything at our fingertips when we want it nowadays. But sometimes I think the slower, more patient way was better for the soul. It is certainly better for the pocketbook :)

      Radera
  9. That's wonderful! Libraries are fantastic. The one in our town had racks of paperbacks in addition to fancy hard-covers. I have a tablet and read everything on it now. It's so handy and frees up space in my room. Enjoy your free library books! :-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. So far I have yet to find a paper cover at the library. Maybe it's because they get worn out quicker? I have to admit, I am giving the e-reader some serious thought now.

      Radera
  10. Jag har alltid varit bibliotekberoende, jag har bott i ganska många städer och det första jag gjort var att skaffa bibliotekkort överallt xD Älskar att sitta och läsa på biblioteket och att bara vandra runt och insupa atmosfären. Jag ångrar ganska ofta att jag inte pluggade till bibliotekarie istället för de andra utbildningar jag gått.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. När jag bodde i Malmö tillbringade jag mycket tid på Stadsbiblioteket, framför allt medan jag studerade. Men många saker faller bort när en flyttar ut på landet.
      Är det en lång utbildning eller skulle du kunna sadla om?

      Radera
    2. Den är ganska lång tyvärr 3-4 år ungefär. Men jag tänker nog att jag nån gång i framtiden ska försöka ta itu med det :) jag ska se vart vi hamnar när Mattias är klar med sin utbildning.

      Radera

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