I’ve written before about how much I hate the library. Maybe it’s just our branch, but the library is seriously the most unwelcoming, unfriendly place for children I’ve ever been. I can’t stand to take the kids there. You know what our library needs? A children’s section that looks exactly like the kids’ section at the Indigo in Barrhaven. That is to say, a separate room so that noise is contained; toys, puppets, and costumes to occupy the kids while the parents are browsing for books; and better display-type shelves, so kids can pick out a book of interest and put it back themselves, without dumping entire shelves of books on the floor in the process.
Man, if only I ran the library. And had an unlimited budget. Remember these words if I ever run for public office!
Anyway, a few months ago Sir Monkeypants’ job came into jeopardy, because he works for a Large Canadian Telecom Maker who has recently filed for bankruptcy protection (you know who you are, ORTEL-NAY). We needed to make some cutbacks around here and Sir Monkeypants decided to make it his own personal mission to make me love the library. I hate shopping in general but I LOOOOOVE to buy books. I don’t get nearly enough time to read these days, but I still buy a few books a year. I like to have my own personal library, and I love to lend out books that I also have loved, so it’s nice to own.
But now, it’s time to rent.
So I dusted off my (hardly used) library card and bravely ventured into their online system. And you know what? It was super easy!
I logged in, and in another browser window, I pulled up my Amazon wish list (now at over 200 novels…yipes, at the rate I’m reading these days it’ll take me 50 years to get through them all). I picked out a few titles that looked interesting on my wish list, searched for them on the library site, indicated I’d like to read them, and done! Either I was waitlisted for the book, or it was immediately set aside to be sent to my home branch.
AMAZING. Why didn’t anyone tell me the library contains BOOKS? Books for READING? Books that are accessible to ANYONE? It’s SO EXCITING.
I thought I played it smart, too, by requesting four books — one that was new, so I’m like 86 on the waiting list, one that is about six months old, so I’m 25 on the list, and two that were older, having waiting lists of 1 and 5. That way, I’d get a nice trickle of novels. However, the older two are now both in and waiting for me, and I know there’s no way I can read two novels in three weeks. Time to get familiar with their renewal policy!