Thank goodness for the libraries. Otherwise the rest of the shelves on my already overfull bookshelves would collapse!
I’ve given many books away over the years but some are just too difficult to part with: the presents from a special person, the book I read on a great holiday, the one I would like to read again, the book I know I should read but haven’t!
These shelves have now also become a deposit for books my children have outgrown but I am finding it hard to give away!
Visiting the library always brings back happy memories. Pushing open the heavy wood and glass door I used to feel I had walked into a whole new world. One where shelves of books were all at my height and arranged neatly so I could instantly spot a new book. The librarians sat at a desk low enough for me to talk to them and they would often recommend a new author.
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Andrew Carnegie
Nowadays I’ve realised the benefit of the Library App and I can request a book in seconds. My latest trick is to borrow the books for our book club reads and then if I really like the book I can think about buying it.
The only problem is, when I go in to collect the book I always find a few more to read and then, well, where does the time go when you’re lost in a good book?