Last week, during the 24-Hour Read-a-thon, Jessica (A Curious Reader) hosted a mini-challenge called “Love Your Local Library.” I loved reading what everyone wrote in response to the questions she posed, and I loved the photo she used for her post (above). I cheered the read-a-thoners from the sidelines this year, so I didn’t participate in any of the mini-challenges. However, the thought of Jessica’s mini-challenge has stuck with me, so I decided to go ahead and participate in it, after-the-fact. It was a great idea, Jessica!
Here’s what she said about her local library and the questions she posed, along with my answers.
I love my local library. I have always been a library-lover, and working at libraries has not dimmed this love in any way. So I am curious about other readers’ use of their local libraries.
1. What is the name of your local library?
There are a lot of choices of libraries for me here in the greater Seattle area. There are the many branches in the Seattle Public Library System (with the new central library in downtown Seattle which was designed by the architect Rem Koolhaas). And there are the many branches in the King County Library System. I am located within reasonable distance of the Kirkland Branch (closed for a year of renovation), and the Kingsgate, Bothell, and Redmond branches. The one I visit the most often is the Kingsgate branch.
2. What city is it located in?
It’s located in Kirkland, Washington, USA.
3. How often do you go to the library?
I go to the library 2 or 3 times a week. My daughter teases me, saying that every time she calls me I’m at the library.
4. If you’re a regular, do the staff know you?
Some of the staff recognize me, but I don’t know any of them by name because all the check-out is done by machine now.
5. Do you browse while you’re there or just pick up items you have placed on reserve?
I usually browse, even if I’m just there for a couple of minutes to pick up a book.
6. What is your favorite thing about your local library?
It’s small, intimate, not too crowded, (although it’s more crowded than it’s ever been since the Kirkland Library closed for a year), and has a good selection of books and audiobooks. The thing I like most about the King County Library System is that I can order my books online and then just go pick them up when they arrive.
Both B and I have always wanted to live within walking distance of a library, but that hasn’t happened yet. I envy my mom because she lives right next door to a very nice library! Maybe she’ll write about it so I can post it here on my blog, too?