Libraries and Bookstores
Since I got a job, I have become something of a bookstore addict. When I first started blogging at Literary Transgressions, I admitted my addiction as my transgression/introduction to the blogosphere. Bookstores are great in terms of building a personal collection, but not so great for the local library or the ole pocketbook.
Recently, in an effort to afford graduate school, I’ve once again begun frequenting my local branch library (delightfully called the Ottendorfer!). And I’ve got to say, it has been a dream. There are few things that can equal the pleasure of browsing the library shelves with nothing particular in mind. There are new worlds you don’t even know about and then come around a corner and must face. There are books and authors and things you’ve never heard of, but which you will grow to love. For some reason, the sheer multitude of books published and available strikes me most vividly in libraries rather than bookstores. Libraries are remarkably full of possibilities and I am currently reveling in discovering as many of them as I can before I leave for graduate school.
What about you? Where do you go to get your books? And does that place offer you something more than just something to read?
- NYTimes article about the history of the Ottendorfer
- Some interesting factoids about libraries (did you know they actually save lives?!) from the Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries
- A really cute little feature from the American Booksellers Association about why booksellers love selling books (to you, perhaps, should you grace their little indie bookstores with your presence)