This is my first update for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge hosted by Stefani @ Caught Read Handed and Amy @ Read What I Like. You can check out my sign up post here. It was a short first week, and I was out of town until Friday so I really only started two days ago! Luckily, I was able to pick up my first library hold on my challenge TBR Friday afternoon, The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne.
I have to say I’m really enjoying this one so far. It’s marketed as being similar to Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series in the sense that it’s about a girl who finds out she’s related to powerful people- in this case the Republican presidential candidate. It’s got that modern-fairytale charm about a girl entering a new, glamorous (at times) world while curbing the label of “fluffy” as it really captures the feel of what it’s like to be behind the scenes of a high stakes political campaign (or at least I imagine it does, I’ve never been on one).
Stefani @ Caught Read Handed has been noting in her weekly updates how much money she’s saved by checking out books for the challenge from the library, and I thought it was a great idea! According to Amazon, I saved $14.58 by checking this out from the library.
Each week during the challenge, there is a topic chosen to discuss. This week’s topic is:
Tell us a little about your library (include a picture if you can!)
So I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I recently moved last year, and thus had to sign up for a new library card in my new county. My new local library is small, and at first I was disappointed. My hometown where I grew up had large, beautiful libraries (for a suburb, anyways) that were open 7 days a week. When I went off to college I joined my local library in that county, which was also very large (and my local branch was the main branch which also doubled as a historical center for the town, so it was pretty big with a very large YA selection).
However, once I started utilizing my new library system I found there were things that I liked about its small size. Though it often took longer for new releases to be ordered (due to budget constraints) there was much less of a wait time when you placed a hold on those books. The librarians at my local library are also younger and seem to be really in touch with YA, and they always put extra touches in the YA section for holidays and events (such as “Blind Date with a Book” for Valentine’s Day when they wrapped books up in paper bags with just a few plot points on the front so you’re surprised when you get home, or places where you can cast your vote for your favorite recent YA release). I think the small atmosphere allows the librarians to really get involved with the content they have and get to know the patrons better. There’s also a larger branch not too much farther away that I’ll head to if I want a bigger selection that day or a place to study, as they have more desk space and study rooms.
Unfortunately, there’s been talk about closing down our county’s library system due to budget issues that started in 2008 during the recession. They’ve already closed 2 branches and most branches are only open 4-5 days a week with shorter hours (which was a real shock to me coming from counties where libraries were open 7 days a week until 8 or 9pm). I think it would be so harmful to the community if we were to lose our library, and thankfully this challenge made me aware that these issues were happening, and has encouraged me to get involved with my local library and see how I can support them staying open.
Are you participating in the #ReadingMyLibrary challenge?