555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 87.
Time Awake: 8:03 a.m.
Today I went to my local branch of the Queens Library to pick up a book I requested and to search for another on a specific topic. I have been utilizing this library for most of my life. The other library I regularly use, the Forest Hills branch of the Queens Library, is currently closed due to roof renovation.
I have utilized the library in general for all of my life. It’s a free service. While I prefer new books — the feel, the look and especially the smell — it is not monetarily feasible to always buy new books. So I use the library to read the books I am looking for that they have available. I’ll buy new if the book I want is not in circulation. This keeps costs down and prevents me from having a collection of “things” (in this case, books) that I don’t actually need to own.
When I was a kid, my Mom would take me and my siblings to the library. We first picked out books that she read to us; later, we were reading the books to her. During Summers, there wouldn’t be any class, but Mom kept the three of us busy. We borrowed books and did projects based on what we read. Sometimes it was a book report. Other times, we drew something based on book content. Or, we made posters based on content from a book, cutting out related content from newspapers and magazines.
I use and support the library regularly. On occasion, I have donated financially. I donate books from time to time. I’ve never volunteered, but that’s all about time.
Support your local libraries. And recognize them as the awesome resource they continue to be.