This is my 200th blog post! So, I thought I would celebrate something that no book lover (or human being for that matter) should live without. Libraries.
I recently read a book called Public Libraries by Ali Smith. It’s a short story collection with small prologues before each story with somebody speaking about their experiences and connections with public libraries and it got me thinking just how special my memories are of my local library.
I have lived in the same town my entire life and have therefore visited the same library my entire life. The library played a big part in my childhood, I would do Summer challenges and get medals for reading books, I did my work experience there and I would even spend my lunch times exploring the shelves of my school library.
While my library is small and has more computers than it does books (not quite, but almost) it has always brought me so much joy, the walls bring comfort and familiarity.
I love how I can pick up books and take them away with no guilty feeling about spending too much money. I love that I actually read the book in the same month of bringing it home because I only have three weeks before returning it. And I love that when I return it, somebody else is going to pick it up from the same shelf and read the same story I did.
I love that libraries make books of entertainment or knowledge or both available to everyone. I love that it means you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy reading. I feel like this is something I forgot for a little while.
When I first joined the online book community over on booktube I only had three small shelves of books because I would just borrow them from the library. It was very rare I would buy one.
But when I started watching booktube I became obsessed with having a big collection of books like you see in the background of the videos. I
needed wanted every book in a series with matching covers before even starting it. I would buy a book without even knowing the description of it just because I saw one person holding it in a video.
Now I have lost all need of owning a copy of a book. I have no problem with only having three weeks to read it because it means I can’t let it sit on my shelf for a year collecting dust. I love that I now allow myself to read whatever whenever because I don’t need to worry about how much moneys in the bank. Plus, the whole saving my money thing is really satisfying.
How do you feel about libraries? Was it a big part of your childhood? Do you still use yours even though you can afford to buy them? Let me know!
Thanks for reading
P.S. Thanks to everyone who answered my feedback survey! I’ve deleted the post now because I wanted my 200th post to be special but here’s a link: ‘Reads and Dreams Feedback Survey.‘ It’s just so I know what I’m doing right and what I need to improve on.