Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Why Borrowing Is Better


According to discussions on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com, people buy books, but rarely read them. I happen to agree, partly. I buy books I've already read and loved, usually from the used book sale table at the library.
 
Occasionally I'll buy books (or borrow from friends) for my children, like this and this, because the hold list for them is too long. But there are so many book series similar to these books just waiting for you to pick them off the shelf (your librarian can help you find them, like this and this), that it makes more sense to borrow. 
 
 
 
I read most of the books I borrow because I know they aren't mine. That three week time limit does something magical. Borrowing also gives me the freedom to take risks, to explore new interests without regret.
 
My personal experience is if you library, you'll read more, both on your own and with your children. The library specializes in helping us share more and spend less. 
 
Borrow the beauty, keep the knowledge. Library.
 
How about you? Do you read more when you buy, or borrow?
 
xoxo Michele 
 
 
Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Books Help Babies Grow (And A Dream Deferred)


Last week, I spied the cutest display at our local library. A wonderful patron donated "potted books" that had been decorations from a family member's baby shower.

It had me thinking about when I was in the hospital having my children, and how I wished that in addition to the diaper bag the nurses gave me filled with bottles and formula, they would have handed me a library tote filled with a beautifully balanced collection

I wish they would have explained the importance of reading every day with my baby - even if my eight pound bundle of joy didn't understand what I was saying. That reading is nourishment for the brain. That the library would be a great place to interact with other new parents at story time, or Spanish class. I wish someone would have taken two minutes to share how my library card could be used to put books, music, movies, cookbooks, magazines, and more, on hold online.

I dream about making that type of library tote available to each new parent as he or she is contemplating what will become priorities in their family schedule. Forgive my lack of posts as I focus what little free time I have on that dream. I'm open to ideas and suggestions, please contact me if you have a similar passion.

Borrow the Beauty - Keep The Knowledge: Library.  

xoxo Michele


Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Check Her Out: Maria Popova


Taking her love for the library to a whole new level. 

Borrow the beauty - keep the knowledge. Library.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Endless Riches For Expensive Teens

"Patience and love can do anything." ~ The House of the Scorpion

I have a teenager now. He's growing like kudzu, and if his appetite is any indication of what's coming, my daily attire will have to include a pink hairnet and flouncy birdie apron. 

His craving for reading has increased as well, and we're thankful the library loves to support his habit. Free (including digital) books, music, movies, magazines, and more.



Teens are positively pricey. Libraries are absolutely priceless.

xoxo Michele


Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.