Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Library: One of my Favorite Things




Shades of “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” This week, at the diner, we’re talking about favorite things — all kinds of favorite things and how they help us do our jobs. What’s my favorite writing tool? you ask. (You were curious, weren’t you?) What must I absolutely must to write fiction? Answer: The local library. It’s more than a place to me. I have a passion for reading and researching. Writing is a learning adventure for me and what better place to pursue it than the library ?

This is actually the library at Trinity College in Dublin, but doesn't it look impressive?








Thirteen Things I Adore About My Library



1.You can check out MP3s, DVDs, magazines, audiotapes, CDs, book kits, computer software, puppets and all kinds of things.
2. And, of course, if you’re actually interested in finding a book, the library has tons of them.

3. You can read the local newspaper. Or scads of area and distant papers, too. My library even has cozy chairs, so you can really settle in. Careful, though, not to snooze.

4. You can make copies, use a computer or even reserve a study room.

5. You can request a book you want to read, either over the Internet or in person, and the librarians can help you hunt it down, if need be.

6. If the book isn’t in the local system, they’ll try to borrow it from other systems. A library patron’s “reach” is enormous.

7. You can access the Card Catalog online, making it possible to browse from the comfort of your home.

8. There’s always someone around who can suggest a good book to read. I always find lots of friendly people at my library, seldom reluctant to speak to a stranger. A love of learning is a great common denominator.

9. You can renew books online and keep track of your account. No need to get in the car and drive frantically to the library to return a book soon to be overdue.

10. You can download MP3 books.

11. Libraries have book clubs, perfect for those who love fiction as I do.

12. As a Mom, I appreciate the children’s story times, too -- always a part of each year’s program agenda

13. This certainly is a place for adults as well as kids. I look for adult classes, mainly evenings.
How about the frequent used book, video, CD, cassette and DVD sales? What better use for an extra $5, $10 or $15? I have a relative who spends $25 annually on U.S. history and how-to videos/DVDs that the library seeks to clear out.

What’s your favorite writing tool? What helps you do your job better? Do you have a favorite place or writing tool? I’m eager to hear.






31 comments:

  1. I like the way libraries smell, like old books. :)

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  2. Libraries are great places to spend time at. I love books.

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  3. My husband and I enjoy the library 2-3 times a month. It's a great outlet. I love the peacefulness.... and it's also a great place to people watch!

    Happy TT :)

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  4. Great list. I've always loved the library. It's the only place these days I get any peace. LOL! I even like to smell the books. Is that crazy? Thanks for stopping by and happy TT!

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  5. I love the athmosphere of a library and the smell of all the books !

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  6. I adore my library too. I so believe in libraries and the sharing of books and knowledge. I think a lot of that is lost in the fight over intellectual rights. Sigh....

    I love that I can download audio books to my computer and put them on my mp3 player. so I listen at the gym or where ever.

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  7. I love my local library too. Recently I didn't have a home computer and was able to go to the library and use their computers. It's great for getting movies too. Why buy books, when you can get them free at the library? Great list.

    Happy TT!

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  8. Carmen,
    Yeah, I like the smell too.

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  9. Janet,
    It's cool to get books that you want without having to buy them. Sometimes you can't even buy them, the libraries seem to have the only available copies.

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  10. Jackie,
    You're right. I should add people watching to the list of things that are fun at the library. Thanks.

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  11. Claudia,
    I agree. Downloading to MP3 players makes my workouts and cleaning routines a lot more fun.

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  12. Sue,
    I like the idea of free stuff too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. It's amazing how few people use the wonderful resource of the library... especially in a big city. I had a friend telling me how much they envied my reading so much... and complained that it was "too expensive" for them to do the same... When I broke it to them it was thanks to the library, they almost (without a thought) simply went, "Oh, well I buy my books..." and I responded, "Yeah, I just read them... and buy those I loved."

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  14. DoubleDeckerBusGuy,
    Yeah, it is surprising how many people don't use libraries.

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  15. Great List. I love libaries, although ours is super tiny.
    Happy TT!

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  16. Kudos to your post giving love to the library. Our town is lucky enough to have two. The main branch is big and renovated and is always buzzing with activity. The smaller one is in a tiny historical building that feels like you are walking into someone's home. It smells like old books and you want to be quiet and lose yourself in there. I enjoy visiting both often.

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  17. As a Public Librarian, I would just like to thank you for your love of libraries. :)

    Working here sure makes it easy to get ahold of books you recommend for writers, BTW.

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  18. I love books, and I love libraries. That one in Dublin looks amazing!
    Thanks for visiting my TT.

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  19. Tink,
    Yeah, I hope someday to visit the library in Dublin.

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  20. I stopped going to my library when they got rid of the one measly shelf they had of Romance novels. Maybe I should head back and look around. Um, for more than wireless internet, I mean.

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  21. Alice Audrey,
    I'm sorry your library was so short on books you like.

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  22. One of my favorite places to kill some time!

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  23. It sounds like a great place to hang out. My bf gets all of his audiobooks from there. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by:)

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  24. I lose track of time in libraries and bookstores. I could spend ages there.

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  25. Lori,
    I like to check out audiobooks too.

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  26. Nicholas,
    I'm not surprised you spend a lot of time in libraries and bookstores. Even if you've only read a fraction of the books you typically feature on your TT, that's still a lot of reading.

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  27. I miss my library... I keep vowing to go spend a day there and go through the exercise books and create new and exciting workouts. But I'm so swamped here that I haven't had a chance to yet!

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  28. Brenda - librarians love you too (and yes, I R one - LOL).

    I'd like to put in a plug for library databases. Many libraries subscribe to research databases (like EBSCOhost) which is available 24/7 from home by using your library card access to the catalog.

    Databases are not the usual internet resources, they are journal(both general and academic) articles compiled for research purposes.

    Hint: If you choose peer reviewed journals for your writing research, you will find articles with more "authority" behind them. Peer review means a panel of (usually) three to five experts will vet an article before it is accepted for publication.

    Great post, Brenda!
    Francesca

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  29. I love the library! And that is an amazing photograph above your T13.

    I'm happy to say my kids like the library, too. Now that they're older, they don't participate in too many of the activities, but they still enjoy going there and checking out books, movies, etc. I like to sit and read in the library. Imagine that.

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