Why I Go To the Library


One of my coworkers wondered why I kept getting books from the library. When I answered because they were free, she explained that her question was different.  She meant why didn’t I borrow the books electronically?  I could have waxed lyrical about the tactile sensation of reading a book.  I could have explained that I’ve always read paper books and that’s just who I am.  These are arguments that I have used before and heard used by other people.  I could have also explained that falling asleep and dropping a book doesn’t have the same consequences as dropping my Kobo.  I didn’t.

Indeed, I have an eBook reader. I have used it to read more than 50 books.  I have downloaded books from the library and had no trouble using the thing at all.  It was very convenient–especially when the books had to be returned.

So, why do I go to the library? Since my librarian crush no longer works there, I might not have an answer that would be suitable for anyone.

However, yesterday, while gathering books for my next bunch of commutes, I may have come across a reason. Like all libraries, some books get withdrawn or discarded or whatever term your library uses.  Mine calls them withdrawn and puts them out on a cart and asks you to pay what you can for them.  Sometimes the cart is full, and sometimes the cart is anaemically empty.  On this particular Saturday, I came across some travel guides.  Granted two were from countries I visited last year (check out some of my posts from Cambodia and Thailand ), but one was from a country I may visit at the end of this year–I am thinking of doing a cycling trip in the lake district of Chile and Argentina.

 Do I need these guidebooks, since I’ve already been there?  No, of course not, but nothing makes me want to travel more than reading about it.  Also, I consider this a sign that I should definitely take the trip.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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5 Responses to Why I Go To the Library

  1. leggypeggy says:

    I like the way you think!

  2. blossomkitty says:

    You can never have too many Lonely Planet guides, in my opinion…. and libraries are just awesome 😊

  3. Melissa says:

    The library is a magical place!

  4. Sarah Warsi says:

    I love going to the library. I find it very peaceful and there is a special connection to a story when reading it hardcover instead of on a tablet. You need to let your eyes rest every now and then. 🙂

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