One of my first blog posts was about the public library system and how the library has always been part of my life. (https://wordpress.com/post/paperpenandmug.com/114)
The only thing which sometimes irritated me was renewing a book which usually happened just when time was tight, or I was laid up. This morning I got a reminder that my book would be shortly overdue. I was trying to work out when I could get down to the library when I read my text message again. There was a link to a website so I could renew online.
Isn’t it amazing how things have changed and changed so fast? I can now go online to search for a book and that book, if it is available, can be sent to my local library for collection. I have now learnt I can renew a book online. Then this book can be returned to my nearest library. So, if I was for example on holidays in Galway and finished reading the book, I can return it to one of the libraries in Galway. How amazing is that?
Such a difference from queueing outside a library to sitting at my craft table, logging in, locating a book and having it delivered to my local library. Then when collecting it having a chat with a librarian, browsing the shelves just on the off chance there is another book which catches my eye and still enjoying the adventure of my local library.
I can’t forget the option of reading online. This is becoming a great resource for those who for one reason or another cannot access the physical book. However, the mental image of a library will always be my very first public library and its beautiful stained-glass window with the light shining through. It added to the excitement of the endless possibilities for escape.