What books do you have on request at the library? What do you currently have checked out at the library? How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Hi, my name is Nordie and I don’t use my library for books. There. I said it. I use my library, yes, but not for borrowing books – I have too many of my own books to consider borrowing more from somewhere else.
The Central City library in my city, is a relatively new building (September 2012?), and cost nearly £200million. It’s big, it’s impressive, it’s a bit controversial (4 community libraries were closed because of it and it is already being proposed to reduce both staff and opening hours to lower costs). It has a cinema, auditorium, meeting rooms, author talks, BFI videos, TEDx presentations, cheese and wine events, sewing and knitting communities, kids activities etc, etc. See? Not everything is about checking books in and out.
As a child and teenager I remember being in the library a lot and regularly checking out as many books as I was allowed. I think I remember moving up from 5 to 8 books at a time….!. I don’t remember returning any books unread, but that could just be a memory thing.
So, how do you use your local library – do you even know where it is?