My New Library Still Rubber Stamps the Due Dates On All of the Books


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I think the thing that surprised me most about my local library was how many people were there. Then again, in a village of about 3,000 people, what else is there to do on a Saturday morning in the middle of January? This particular Saturday was “balmy”– overcast and nearly 50 degrees. I would have pried open windows, as Michiganders are wont to do during brief spells of unseasonably warm weather, but all of my windows are missing screens. So…I decided to walk to the library instead, which happens to be a short zig-zag away from my house. I mean, it probably took me a whole minute to walk there.

Now, the library I used to visit in the capital city was a big, brand new building with high ceilings, couches, and a fireplace, and you could easily maneuver the stacks without bumping into anyone. My new library is a small brick building tucked beside the fire department. The front lawn is decorated with some awkward scarecrow made out of white fence pieces and a blow-up snowman that looks tacky now that Christmas is a month behind us. Inside is cozy though, perhaps a little dark in some corners, and almost over-stuffed with books, if such a thing were possible. Patrons included a man with a scraggly beard playing on the computers, an elderly woman, who has traced her ancestry back to the 1400s so far, and a middle-aged woman, who had just won $40 on a scratch-off lottery ticket, and the first thing she thought to do with the money was pay her library fine so she could borrow books again.

Even though the selection of books isn’t nearly as vast as my old library, I still managed to spend an hour perusing the stacks. This weekend’s library loot includes:

  • Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison — I read this over ten years ago when I was still in high school; I wonder if it’s still as funny as I remember.
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel — a sci-fi novel told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles. I’ve not had any luck with epistolary novels lately, but we’ll see if this one is different.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz — because it’s about time I catch up with the rest of the book blogosphere!
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse #1 by Charlain Harris — because it’s about time I catch up with the rest of the world!
  • the Mental Floss History of the World by Erik Sass and Steve Wiegand — because I’m a nerd.

If you’re a library-goer, what are some of your favorite things about your library?

6 responses to “My New Library Still Rubber Stamps the Due Dates On All of the Books”

  1. joyousreads Avatar

    Oh, that’s amazing! I know electronic filing is more convenient but I’d rather have those cards at the back of the book showing all the people that had borrowed it at some point in time. It’s been such a long time since i’ve been to the library, to be honest. And I don’t even know if my card is still in their records. Lol.


  2. Joce Avatar

    I never actually hang out in my library, but I love getting free books. That’s so funny that the woman is paying her library fine with lotto winnings 😀


  3. Savannah Fry Avatar
    Savannah Fry

    I love your description of your little library… mine is kind of the same way! I live in one of the most populated cities in my state, but it’s large horizontally, not vertically, which means that by the time you reach the farthest edges where my suburb lies, it’s a little more sparse. Our library is a ten minute walk – with five going through a patch of woods – and isn’t ever crowded… even when I go in the middle of the day, and all the young moms are tucked into the children’s room with their toddlers! Don’t you just love library people? 🙂


  4. Lola Avatar

    That seems nice to have a library so close by your house! It sounds like a cozy library. That sounds like a good haul! I hope they are good books.


  5. Mom Avatar

    Did you know there was 3rd Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book? The girls are your age now.


    1. Jackie G. Avatar
      Jackie G.

      I had no idea. Looking into it further, there are apparently FIVE Sisterhood books. Needless to say, I’ve just snagged the first of the series from the library for a re-read, then I’ll work my way through the rest of the series. Such a great book 🙂


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Hello, my name is Jackie. I’m a thirty-something mother of a rambunctious toddler from a small town in Michigan. When I’m not toddler-wrangling, I’m often seeking refuge from life’s most chaotic moments in a cup of hot tea. I also love getting lost in stories—both in books and virtually. I enjoy speculative fiction the most, and I am especially eager to read fantasy novels and horror novels. When I’m feeling especially indulgent (usually after everyone in the house has gone to sleep), I like to dive into video games and explore the sprawling worlds in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect.

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