It’s been an absolute age since I last posted a Library Love post with Peapod’s recent library picks, so ahead of (hopefully) getting them up and running again next week, I thought I’d share this Library Loves book tag which I saw on Charlotte’s blog. I’m not going to tag anyone but if you fancy doing it, consider yourself tagged!
1. When did you first go to the library / get a library card?
I don’t remember exactly when but trips to the library were an integral part of my childhood. We used to go every Saturday, running up the big outside wall/slope in place of the steps (failing for years until I was finally able to get up it!) and choosing new books with our lovely librarians, Jackie and Diane.
I have fond memories of writing (yes, actually writing on a card!) request after request for Point Horror and Christopher Pike books in my “tween” years and of helping at the summer clubs when I was older again.
2. How often do you use your library?
I don’t take books out for myself these days as I have too many to get through as it is! But we take Peapod regularly, usually every week, sometimes every fortnight. He’s not short of books at home either (!!) but I want him to love those trips to choose new books as much as I used to! Plus, use it or lose it!
3. Have you ever had a late or lost library book?
Late, yes – I am AWFUL for returning books on time! I don’t *think* I’ve ever lost one though.
4. What’s your favourite thing about your library?
The books of course! Finding new (to me) books that I wouldn’t find in the shops, sharing stories with Peapod and seeing him start to pick out ones he likes the look of.
I don’t really know our librarians now, but they were one of my favourite things about our library growing up too. They made it such a lovely place to be, always had a smile and a hello ready and truly nurtured my love of reading.
5. Are you a browser or do you plan what you’re taking out?
A bit of both. When it comes to Peapod’s books, it’s pure spur of the moment choosing.
If/when I do take books out for myself, I like to browse for any that catch my eye but usually have a list if books or authors on me to look for in case nothing grabs me.
6. Name a book you took a chance on from the library?
I honestly can’t remember a specific one, but I have been pleasantly surprised and introduced to new authors lots of times through random library picks.
7. What is the best book you read from the library?
8. Have you ever taken the same book out multiple times?
Yes, I did this a lot as a child, in particular Jill Murphy’s On the Way Home, Berlie Doherty’s Tilly Mint and the Dodo and Dodie Smith’s Starlight Barking.
9. Have you read a good book set in a library?
The Shadow of the Wind has the Cemetery of Lost Booksbif that counts? I think that’s a great book.
And I love the Skybrary in Sarah Driver’s Sky, the Librarian at Discworld’s Unseen University and the library in the Mayor’s House that Liesel ‘borrows’ from in The Book Thief.
10. Have you used your library’s ebook and audiobook options?
Yes, although not often as there’s often a wait for popular titles and brand new ones take a while to be added to it. But there are a lot available and it’s a great service.
11. Which is the best library you’ve been to?
I have to second Charlotte’s vote for Liverpool library here as its a fabulous building and I have good memories of using this library often when I was at uni/living in Liverpool. But my favourite really has to be Irby library, the little library I grew up with!
12. What would make you use your local library more?
Having more time to read or getting through my towering TBR pile!
Have you been to your library recently?