Tag: Libraries

Library Love

Posted June 29, 2010 by Holly in Discussions | 14 Comments

I’ve never understood why, but education is one of the first places that budgets get cut. Likewise, I’ve never understood why teachers don’t make more money. Nothing is more important than the education of our children. Maybe it sounds trite, but they really are our future. Do we want poorly education children to become poorly educated adults? Especially when it falls to those poorly educated adults to make the important decisions about our world? Of course not. But no one seems to recognize that.

Our school district – along with most others in California and across the country – is facing major budget cuts. Our already overcrowded classrooms are being pushed to the limits. Teachers are being given pink-slips, sport programs are being cut, and the art programs are pretty much being eliminated.

As if that isn’t enough, our public libraries are taking major hits, too. My local library doesn’t have the best selection of novels for either myself (the romance section is pretty sad) or my teenage daughter (and the YA section is even worse), but they do have some amazing programs for both kids and adults. They also have some great ebook and audiobook lending options, which make their lack of print selection more bearable.

It depresses me that many of our nation’s libraries may be closing. I know Wendy and Mollie are both facing major budget cuts in their libraries.

But not all hope is lost. There are things you can do to help keep your library open. Carol Fitzgerald recently wrote a wonderful article for the Huffington Post detailing some things you can do to support your local library and hopefully keep it open.The best quote from that article, as pointed out to me by Mollie?

Someone told me that when economic times are tough there are two places you do not close — libraries and parks. People need to nurture their minds and their bodies.

I couldn’t agree with that more. I think we often take our libraries for granted. Now is the time to step up and show some Library Love!

Tell us, how is the library important to you? 

Many thanks to Authors on the Web for the link!

Image credit CCPL

Tagged: , , , , , ,

From Bookstore to Library

Posted April 15, 2008 by Casee in Discussions | 12 Comments

When is it that we give up on buying our favorite authors’ books at the bookstore?

On Saturday afternoon, I found myself at the library checking out the new Karen Robards book (in hardcover). This is the first new release of Robards that I haven’t ran out and immediately purchased. That got me to thinking…what is it that takes us from bookstore to library? I know many readers who refuse to buy hardcover, so even if their favorite author is still their favorite author when they go from paper to hardcover, they wait. I’m all about instant gratification. I think that’s the #1 reason why I don’t go to the library. I don’t want to be a name on a list. I don’t want to wait over two weeks for someone to read a 350 page book. I want it NOW.

Which brings me to my next question…what does it take for a favorite author to pass the point of no return? How many chances will you give an author until you just give up?

For me, it seems that with every disappointing book that comes out, I tell myself that the next one is the last one I’m buying. At that point, I’m promising myself that if [insert author’s name]’s next book isn’t the best freaking book of the year, I’m going to start getting their books at the library. Not that they don’t have a chance to win me back b/c they do. It probably wouldn’t take much either.

After reading Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard in 2004, that’s exactly what I told myself. Well, I lied to myself. I can’t stop buying Linda Howard’s books. I just can’t. Every single book I’ve read since KMWIS, I’ve fervently hoped that she would magically write the kind of book that I first fell in love with. Even though Up Close and Dangerous wasn’t the book I was hoping for, I got a glimpse of the writing that I came to expect from LH. That being said, her release in June (or is it July?) is the last one I’ll be buying in hardcover. Unless it’s spectacular. Am I lying to myself again? Maybe.

Some other authors that I won’t buy in hardcover anymore are Karen Robards, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Karen Marie Moning. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

So are you a bookstore or library person? Are there any former favorites that you refuse to buy? Am I the only one that lies to myself about “next time”?

Tagged: , , , , , , ,