Up until a few weeks ago, it had been a few years since I had stepped foot in a library for any reason except for voting. I did my duty as a citizen, but apart from that I didn’t actually walk down the aisles and peruse the shelves. Overall my love of reading had begun to fade, and with it the joys of walking into bookstores and libraries. It was a shame. But then that changed.
A good friend of mine decided that she wanted to start taking walks. So I joined her, thinking I could use it as well. One day we decided to walk to the library. There was something about walking into the building and being surrounded by books that got me instantly back into the mood for reading. There were so many books! And it was quiet and warm and there were tables and comfy chairs everywhere and all sorts of things. I immediately picked up a book and headed for the checkout.
It’s been so long since I’ve been that my card still had me registered as a child. We had to fix that up right away. Technology has also changed a lot since I’ve last been. You can check your own books out with a touch screen, and you choose what books to take out by setting them on the table, and it automatically figures out what the book is and prints a receipt for you. How cool is that? People who have already been exposed to this might think me silly, but hey, cool stuff is cool.
When I finished with my one single book, I went back and grabbed six more. While I do love my science fiction and fantasy, I headed straight for the theology and history sections. That might seem boring to some, but I love certain subjects. I like to read about them and continue learning about them. And they’re all free! Already the excitement of being in a library was in me again, but it made me wonder — how many people actually go to the library anymore? Are they outdated in most people’s minds?
This is especially important to me. I’ve been trying desperately to get back into reading. I’ve fallen out of the habit and fallen out of my love of books. Considering I used to work through countless books years ago, I’ve hated this change. I’ve wanted so badly to get back into reading, but it’s been extremely difficult. I set a Goodreads challenge for myself but gave up with a month or two to go because I just couldn’t do it. I was so far behind, and reading felt like a chore, not fun. So I’m hoping that this positive “yay books” attitude continues for the year and beyond. I also plan on making frequent trips to the library whenever I can.
Have you experienced anything similar, or are you still a frequent reader? Do you still go the library? If you do, what sections do you head for?