Thursday, March 29, 2012

Library dilemma

So yesterday I went to the library in high spirits anticipating finding all of the research resources I needed for a Psychology class essay. As soon as I walked through the doors I marched (quietly of course) over to the nearest computer and immediately began to search for general psychology books. Several results popped up, placing a huge smile on my face, only until I saw that they were only available at other libraries. After modifying my search for books only located at my library there were 0 results.
Over the years my local library has become less and less of the book utopia it had once seemed to be. At first I thought it was just me getting older and that I was going through the realization, every adolescent goes through, that not everything is as big as it was when your were five. However, several of the librarians of stated that the library isn't quite what it used to be and that it's practically shrinking while one library in particular further away from our community is booming because of their ebook technology.
I'm still kind of undecided about what I think of ebooks. I've always enjoyed the adventure of searching through library shelves and coming across a treasure and taking all of your spoils home to read on the front porch with a glass of lemonade.
I decided to stop moping around about the fate of my library and take action, so whenever I go to the thrift store (sometimes 1 or 2 times a month at the most) I'll buy a few books that look like interesting reads and once I'm done reading them I'll donate them to the library. It's not much but every time I visit the library they have one more book than before I had come in, so that has to count for something right?

So after about an hour of touring the shelves and searching the library database with the head librarian we found absolutely nothing. I ended up having to put a single book on hold that was currently checked out and request another book to be sent from another library to mine within a week. Next week I should be making yet another journey to the library and hopefully this time I'll be able to carry books home for my research project. My essay isn't due for a month or so but I certainly don't want to wait until the last minute, trust me procrastination has gotten me into undesirable, shudder-worthy situations in the past and I don't intend to ever repeat any form of last-minute work.
On the bright side, while waiting for my ride (I had to wait for two hours before getting picked up because the family cars were being used) I decided to tour the shelves and see if I could find any good reads. While strolling through the arts aisle I found a couple of writing books, both motivational and instructional, to help me with writing my novel. (I'll go into more detail about my current novel later on). I also picked up a couple of young adult novels for light reading; "I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you" by Ally Carter was a book I had seen way back when I was in middle school in Barnes & Noble but wasn't sure if I wanted  to get it. Now that I found it I decided I'd just take a shot and read it and see what I think. The other book I happened to stumble upon was "Ashes of Roses" by Mary Jane Auch. I had read this book way back in middle school but only half-way. Back then I had a tendency to read assigned novels only partially and then BS on the essays, which I ended up passing everytime, but that's beside the point. Thankfully, I've gotten out of that habit and I really want to start rereading all of those books I didn't properly read, which is a lot. However, even though I had only read half of "Ashes of Roses" I did enjoy that half, which makes me wonder why I didn't finish reading it.
Back in middle school I wasn't really into reading, that is until I read the infamous "Twilight" in the summer after eighth grade that completely changed my perception of leisure reading.

That was my library journey dilemma but I didn't come home empty handed! I make it a goal to always at least get one book to take home when I go to the library because it's like going into a restaurant and not ordering anything even when you're smelling really delicious food, you just can't resist. I'm halfway done with "I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you" so hopefully I'll be uploading a book review shortly!

Happy Reading Everyone! :)

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