Not Just About Books

@p1kef1sh (45640)
September 30, 2009 12:45pm CST
Today I joined our local library. I am quite surprised that it has taken me so long, but the truth is that I prefer to own books rather than borrow them. However, joining has been a revelation. I can now access sites online from home for free that I would normally have had to pay for. I have just spent an hour looking at The (London) Times archives - I just read about that accession of Queen Victoria and the sale of my parent's neighbour's house in 1923. I can also access music streaming sites and much much more. If I'm not here in the future just look for me at the library. Do you belong to a library? Do you use it?
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@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Sep 09
Hi there p1kef1sh Yes we are all members of the library in my family but we rarely go in there now. Before I got online myself I used to use the livrary computers but it is only free for the first half an hour and then it is something stupid like £2.50 per half hour after that!! In the library I was a member of back in Essex it was free for up to 2 hours!! We sometimes go in there when they have special events on during the holidays.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
Our are 30 minutes free or 60 minutes free if you advance book Humbug. I shall try to make a good use of it.
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• United States
3 Nov 09
Our library lets you on free for as long as you want...or until there is a waiting list. Then, once you've been on for 30 minutes you get booted. If there wasn't a waiting list, you could be on from open to close an never pay a penny!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Sep 09
Not since we moved here and we should. For the kids and school if nothing else. I collect books too, but they are taking over the universe... ahhhhh.....
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
I get 20% discount on books through the Cathedral bookshop which often makes them cheaper than Amazon. But we now have the leaning tower of P1ke's books beside our bed and it's only a matter of time before feminine irritation gains the upper hand.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Sep 09
I actually had an extra bookcase put into my bedroom to handle the overflow. Not good...
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
One wall of our bedroom is bookcase - I think that another would be pushing it.
@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
30 Sep 09
I do. The public library here doesn't have a very comprehensive booklist, but they do have the ability to do inter-library loans from other libraries in the province, which I've utilized a few times. The public library in Edmontonw as fantastic. The website was very user friendly and it gave you the ability to renew and reserve books online, also allowing you the option of having the books you reserved delivered to the library location of your choice. I was a library fanatic there. They're such a wonderful resource!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
I've not even borrowed a single book and here I am waxing lyrical about it all! LOL.
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
30 Sep 09
*LOL* Well I've used them for a lot of research in the past, and if I need to find case studies for my degree, it's the first place I visit. But I generally go to the library for books or the odd movie. They have some of the most obscure documentaries at our library. I have a computer at home, so I don't generally use theirs since there are always MANY people there doing resumes and research on the library computers.
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• Canada
30 Sep 09
I have been a member of the library for years and years. Now my husband is in Canada, and he is looking into joining the library. I am not in there that often since the discovery of the internet, but during those times when I need a book that I don't feel like buying, the library is always there.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
I hope to develop a use for the library. I love books and have so many that sometimes I think that we must own a bookshop!
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
30 Sep 09
I so love books. I use the library alot - but i also buy the books i really enjoy for my collection. I think if i had to buy every book i read I'd be very broke or working too many jobs to feed my book addiction to be able to read!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
I'm much the same. I don't understand people that say that they don't read. Must be a lack of imagination on their part!
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
30 Sep 09
It must be!
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
30 Sep 09
It took me close to two years, but the kids and I did get llibrary cards this past summer finally. Our library has a lot to offer too. The usual books, audio books, internet access, and even movies. We do not go very often, but it is always a treat for the kids when we do.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
I think that it is important for children to learn about books and the places that they can take you to. Too many can tell you Britney's latest single, all the cheats in the latest computer game, but struggle to name a book they they have read and enjoyed.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Sep 09
hi pikefish oh I love the new library in Tustin and my best'friend took me there a few weeks ago. I never got a chance to work in it as I was forcibly retired when I was almost eighty,the branch manager got fired for firing me for no reason except age. she even admitted I did my job well. She no longer works at the Tustin Library. I'have always belonged to the library and worked there for 23 years.we have so much to offer besides just books, and'they have programs for the kids, and the teenagers, and even for the seniors. the new library has three times as many' computers as the old one did.there is just everything going for the patrons of the library. I miss not paging but since I broke my left shoulder a few years back I could no longer' lift heavy books with my left arm. I have always been an avid reader and used the library regularly on my days off.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
I am going to enjoy learning about all that the library offers Hatley. I may become a convert!
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I belong to, and use our library all the time...and I hardly ever have to go there. I request books online, and there's a pick up location just down the street from me. What I love is that if they don't have a book that I want, then they will bring it in from elsewhere in the state, or they will look nationwide if it's not available in Oklahoma. They also have a huge number of subscriptions to special interest sites, which I can access free of charge with my library membership. If our healthcare, social security and investment companies were run as well, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in....lol.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Sep 09
It is amazing just how far libraries will go to get you a book. I agree, there are other organisations that could learn from them!
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 09
Hello my friend. I am glad that you have joined your local library and found that it offers great books. I belong to the chain of libraries in my area. They call themselves Western Libraries and they have many libraries in different places near me. I visit Worle Library, Locking Castle Library and Weston super Mare Library most often. I go to Clevedon Library and Yatton Library sometimes. They offer different books, music and computers are available to use. I like to read travel books and get books out to help me like I have one out about DIY this week. Before my mom retired she worked as a reference librarian.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Oct 09
Our library even has a vacancy for a library assistant. If it were part time I might be tempted! I have noticed that different libraries carry different stock. I must start moving around them like you do.
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@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
30 Sep 09
How weird, your parents' neighbor's house was sold in the same year that mine was built! I've always belonged to a library. When I moved to a new place it was one of the first places I would go! I don't spend much time there, just go to pick up books. We're only allowed 15 minutes online at a time, which isn't nearly enough to enjoy a good newspaper. But I can borrow CDs of music and movies and even borrow art work--copies, of course, but they certainly dress up the house for a few weeks! I used to have an extensive book collection but had to sell them all to finance the divorce I didn't want. Now it's nice not to have a lot of possessions, but I do miss a lot of my books.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
1 Oct 09
Hi Pikefish, back in the UK I used the library regularly as I have a bit of a book addiction, and couldn't possibly afford to buy as many as I read. It was already on a 2 afternoon a week only basis when I left the UK. Here we don't have libraries at all so I'm mostly dependant on the local book swaps where the tourists are encouraged to leave their holiday reading behind and hope they have good taste. It tends to be better early and late season but they don't half buy some drivel in July and August.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Oct 09
No libraries at all!!! My goodness. I think that it's time we all had a holiday in Greece to top up your reading. Now what would you like: Immediately to hand I have The Ultimate Mushroom Book; 1215 Magna Carta Year; 12 books that shaped the World by Melvyn Bragg and The Famous Five - The Blue Bear Mystery!
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
1 Oct 09
Not a one. Kind of you to offer from your wonderful selection of books there and don't think my son has that particular Famous Five one, in fact he's close to running out of English reading material and it's not easy to replenish out here. Personally though I find your taste a bit too July for me, but I did manage to snap up a copy of Toast from the first lot out this year, otherwise it's not been a good year for books.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Oct 09
I have Toast too. I try to like Nigel Slater, but there's something just a little smug about him. How about one from January - Accounting for Beginners!
@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
1 Oct 09
How i wish i were but sad to say we do not have a library that is like that of yours. There is a library here but i do not know if its archivies are complete oor well take care of. I agree that it is so nice to find information like that which is very educational too.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Oct 09
Maybe you could find out more about it. Perhaps it's not so good because people don't join. If you encouraged people to then that would put pressure on to improve their book stock etc.
• Philippines
1 Oct 09
Yeah, i think that is the case but i do not think that people appreciate going to libraries nowadays, when we can get most of our information online. It is so nice to see you on here, at this hour. Are you up early or just couldn't sleep? Have a nice day.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Oct 09
It was just after 7am when I posted Sweetie. That's my usual time to get up.
• Netherlands
2 Oct 09
Reading - Libraries provide us with an entire World of knowledge
P1key I received my first library card when I was 3 years old one year before I was allowed to go to Kindergarten and I have had a library card ever since that day. When I moved to Holland one of the first things that I did was to go and get a library card and every December I go down and renew it. A library is so important to me and trust me, I am like you, I Love to own my own books but there is nothing like being able to go to the library in person, or like You, Online to find all sorts of information that we may never have access to unless we did belong to a library!! Congratulations P1key!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
2 Oct 09
Thank you GEL. I was a member of our local one as a boy. Then again in London. But I haven't been a member here for nearly 20 years. Still, better late than never! He's arrived at last!
• Netherlands
2 Oct 09
I didn't know that they had libraries back when you were a boy!!! Just TOLD YOU SO about "him" on my last response!!
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
5 Oct 09
Yes I belong to my club library. I don't borrow books. I only read there magazines and newspapers. I also depend on internet. This media itself a vast library.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Oct 09
There is a vast knowledge online Bhanusb. That's very true. But you can't curl up with a computer very easily.
• United States
4 Oct 09
I have been a member of a library since I was 8 and I use it regularly. I remember have to look through the cards to get the book you needed. I love going to the library. There is something about it that is very comforting to me.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
4 Oct 09
I know exactly what you mean. For me is was a saturday morning ritual with my Dad.
@littleowl (7157)
3 Oct 09
Hi p1ke, I do belong to a library but son't use it that much, it also has computers etc that you can do the same as you said and even get on mylot, as you say it is free but as I pay for it at home anyway I prefer to use the net here in the warm and as you know it is normally til the early hours too!...hugs LoLo
@p1kef1sh (45640)
4 Oct 09
Yes. They'd have to open very late for you LoLo. But then again there's a school in Portsmouth that is open 24/7 so why not a library! XXXX
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
2 Oct 09
I think I have belonged to the library since I was in school, do I use it not as often as I could. I read Stewart Woods books and when I can't find one at the local Goodwill store and I'm out of reading material, I go to the library and get one. Some times they have books they are getting rid of and sell them for like a quarter, I am always looking to see what they have on sale, got some really good books that way. When you said that you would rather own them than borrow them is what I meant by Goodwill, if there is one in your area, they have so many books and they are usually priced 99 cents. Some are like new, I am always looking there for books cause like you I like to have my own. Also we have a store called Used book store and they have a clearance corner, for $2.00 some really good ones too. I used the library's computers when my internet was down for awhile too, but you only get an hour at a time.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
2 Oct 09
We call them charity shops but they serve a similar purpose. Yes, I am a frequent visitor and have often found books that I can't find anywhere else there. One big charity even has an online look up service so that I can view all their stores in the UK. Fantastic.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
1 Oct 09
Nope P1ke, as much as I love reading I have all my own Books here that I get from Ebay The only time I can relax to read is when I am in my bed lying down I always read before I go to sleep as it takes me away from this world and into another world for a time and my Mind switches of Do you get coffee in the Library ? If you do I will come and join you and have a coffee
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Oct 09
I prefer to own books Gabs, but I thought that I'd give the Library a try. They don't have a coffee shop yet - but I am sure that it's only a matter of time. XXXX
@jashoaf (298)
• United States
1 Oct 09
We live in a rural area and have none close by. However a recent trip to one showed me that the library is way more than it used to be! It was one of my favorite hangouts as a kid, and they only had written material then! One thing I always liked was the social groups - reading to kids, that sort of community stuff. I used to volunteer when my kids were small, but could only do it a couple times a month due to the location.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Oct 09
I have just be informed that I have missed a talk by a local crime writer tonight! There are stacks of things going on there. Much more than when I was a boy. They are open from 9 -7 5 days a week and until 6 on Saturdays. That's not too bad. They are working on staying open to 11pm apparently.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Hi PIKE, Good for you. I know u will enjoy it. I have been going to the library here since i was a child, I have always loved to read. We hace a quite nice library for a small town. Happy reading.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Oct 09
Thank you. I hope so. Ours isn't a huge library considering that we are a city. But it seems quite well equipped.