Thursday, June 7, 2012

Raiding the Library

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with the Public Library. When my family first moved to San Francisco when I was four, my dad took me to the main library and I can remember it like it was yesterday. I could not believe this place would let me borrow anything I wanted. I think the first book I checked out was Little Toot.

I’m fortunate to have a brand new, gorgeous library in the suburban city where I work now and I often spend my lunch hour there.

There are many things you can find these days that were never in the library before and as an entertainment review blogger, I have to stretch my media budget any way I can. Like most of you these days, I’m watching my pennies pretty closely and I can’t afford to buy all the things I talk about here. My recent review of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was borrowed from the library.

I recently discovered graphic novels at the library and today picked up volume three of American Vampire by Scott Synder and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. I also try to stay away from the movie section, but I can’t help myself. I find so many intriguing/obscure films I’ve never heard of.

My big find today though was Pee Wee Herman On Broadway. I just about died when he revived his stage show and I had no means of seeing it. I was excited to find it was released on DVD, but all at once deflated to see it wasn’t even available at Netflix. So how is it not total serendipity that it was randomly at the library?

Well, I have lots of free entertainment for the weekend. I think I’ll start notating in my reviews if I got it from the library just so everyone can see how wonderful and useful the library can be. If you have a chance, check yours out this weekend. Your tax dollars pay for it, so go use it. You might be surprised at some of the cool stuff you find.


Runs Like A Gay said...

I remember loving libraries as a kid but rarely visit them these days - probably because I read in fits and starts a few chapters here and a few there.

Here in the UK, with the austerity measures of the current Government, there are massive cuts in local provisions, including many smaller libraries closing or massively changing the services and staffing they offer. I just hope that enough stay open to serve their local communities.

Colleen said...

We have the same problem here in the USA. The library I'm talking about took so many years to get built. It continually was voted down in local elections and was finally privately funded. It's an eco friendly building and surprise, always full of people! I guess it was useful after all.