Day 25 Real books, real browsing
I absolutely understand why libraries had to close for browsing during the pandemic. I also understand why they are still closed for browsing in many (most?) areas. Our libraries quickly worked out a system where you could request books online, they would text you when it was available, and then you would pick it up during specific hours. (In fact, I got a message today that a book is ready, so I’m picking up a book tomorrow.) Of course, they also have books you can check out online, and I have used that heavily.
I get it, but I don’t have to like it. I miss browsing. I miss looking at the new books, finding one that sounds interesting, and then tracking that author back to see if that book is part of a series. (I have dislike starting a series mid-stream. Technically, I think it’s mentally impossible for me to start in the middle of a series!)
I miss walking to the areas where some of my favorite authors reside. I can see some of those shelves in my mind, but I often can’t remember the author’s name! (I always struggle with names – people, places, TV shows… You name it, because I can’t.)
I can spend a long time wandering around my library, piling up books. Sometimes I get 2-3 books, sometimes a lot more. I renew books I didn’t get to finish, and occasionally keep them past their due date because someone else wants it and I just have to finish! (Yes, I pay the fine.)
It’s one of my happy places. Hopefully it will be a happy place again soon.