|My Library! (OPL)|
I think I'm using my library wrong.
At the very least, I'm not using it to its full potential. I had a conversation with my sister a while ago, where she said that she used to love the library when she was a teen. She talked about how she missed the days when she would spend hours there just reading, studying, and looking at books. Sometimes she would spend the entire day there. She's not the first person to tell me about her hours-long library experiences.
Uh...I think the longest I've stayed at the library is 45 minutes--the time I discovered there were not only sign language books, but also dictionaries, videos, CDs, and language kits. That was a lot to sort through. But I usually just walk in, grab the books I want (which I've already looked up at home and made sure are available), spend a minute or two perusing the books on display, and then I check out. If my son is with me, we'll spend a little time picking out books in the children's section. I don't dawdle, and I rarely look at any other books. In fact, I have a hard time checking out books that I haven't already read reviews for.
Weird, right? I love reading so much, but have a hard time simply perusing book shelves. Don't get me wrong--I adore the library. I think it's vital to have a library in your community, and I love that mine has pretty much anything I have ever wanted to check out. And I read some weird books, y'all. You don't even know. But aside from author signings and the occasional performance (which I didn't factor into my time spent at the library), I don't spend much time hanging around.
I think it has a little to do with the lack of noise. I can't concentrate without noise in the background, so it baffles me to see people studying in libraries. I also get extremely conscious of every squeak of my shoes, every rustle of my clothing, and any and all zipper or Velcro noises I make, anytime I'm in a quiet place. Ever been in the middle of a library when your toddler has a tantrum? Practically everyone present that day now knows that you refused to let your child check out that Sponge Bob book. It's not fun.
But that's beside the point. All this is to say that I think I just need to take the time to slow down and appreciate everything my library has to offer...which is a lot. My library really does rock. And a lot of the time I'm in too much of a rush, or I'm anxious to get home and read whatever book(s) I just picked up. I need to enjoy the library environment a little more, and maybe even pick up a book that I hadn't already planned on checking out. (Gasp!)
I also want to teach my son about the wonders of the library, and not that it's just a place to quickly grab all the books you can, before mom is ready to leave.
And now I'm curious, lovely readers:
What is it that YOU do at the library?
Are you one to pick up books at random, slowly making your way down each aisle--careless of the time--until you find something that sounds good? Or are you more of a get in, get what you need, and get out, type of person?