I love reading. I don’t always remember to go out and get books. Sometimes I have trouble picking out new books (which is why I’m on the second book of the huge Discworld series by Terry Pratchett). But I love reading. If a book is good, I often read it multiple times to catch nuances. Even books that have no nuances, say, like the Harry Potter series. I love mysteries, and fantasy and sci-fi and poetry and social commentaries and dramatic fiction and books that tug at my heartstrings. I love non-fiction about stars and the universe and history and physics and boats and planes and philosophy.
I love buying books to keep. And lending them to friends to show them books that I especially love. I go to bookstores, I’ve even bought books on eBay. I almost always stop whenever I see a discount bookstore on my travels or on grocery trips.
Last time I was in China with my fiancee, I bought Chinese children’s books to help me to continue learning Mandarin Chinese.
Most of all, though:
I LOVE LIBRARIES
These are PUBLIC buildings that let you take books, for research, for entertainment, for something to do besides glaring at your fellow commuters in the morning. FOR FREE. JUST BECAUSE YOU LIVE NEARBY. Granted, it is wonderful to own a lot of books and have huge bookshelves. But if you can’t afford it? Or if you are looking for new or old books to fall in love with? Libraries, bitches. Libraries.
Library systems are shutting down in many places for lack of use. Really? I don’t get it. In some places libraries are doing extremely large business. In my new neighbourhood (we got library cards for our town’s library system MONTHS before we actually moved into our first house), much like in many places in the Greater Toronto Area, these places are full of immigrants and the newly Canadian. They are bringing their kids. They are taking their kids home with armfuls of books. Fuck yeah. I can think of nothing better than to bring up a new generation with a love of books and an appreciation of public libraries.
More. More of it. Books are a form of entertainment that is ESPECIALLY effective with children. Get ‘em while they’re young. TV shows you the real of something. Books are quite different. It’s a different world in a book. And you fill it how you want and how you imagine.
We’re already losing the mom and pop bookstores. The big box places definitely have their own benefits with size and selection, but the personal touch of someone who loves books, too is not as easy to find. Don’t let libraries die. Don’t make books into just another commodity.
My feelings about libraries have not changed despite owning a Kindle. In fact, I already had one when I originally posted this.
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- vpache said: I have had a lifelong love affair with the library. I feel any closer to you than I do right now. Library users just KNOW. :)
- carpejoseph said: I’m the same way. Have you flirted with the idea of ebooks and/or iPad, yet? I’m dangerously close to buying one, solely for reading :X
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