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Initial post: 17 Jul 2010 14:53:50 BDT
man says:
i used to enjoy visiting my local library in queens park nw10...this was back in the 70s and 80s...then when i moved to wembley i started using the brent town hall library...but since i started using the internet and i found out about amazon
i have more or less stopped borrowing books...i much prefer to buy my own and be able to keep them.
how about you?

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 14:58:31 BDT
I LOVE my library and the fact that you can reserve the latest books for 60p each (I have just done this with Ellis Island and the latest Jojo Moyes) rather than paying out the full price.
I do still buy plenty of books, especially if I think I'm going to keep them. I currently have about 250+ that I have bought still to read! Getting them from the library makes me feel much less guilty.
I was having this conversation with my other half the other day. I think Amazon is getting more expensive than it used to be.

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 15:54:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2010 16:33:55 BDT
man says:
you know something c.rucroft?
i agree with you, i think amazon is indeed getting expensive...i me don't get me wrong, i am more than happy to get books foe a penny...that is dirt cheap!
but when i look at other prices i am left thinking
i would like to buy it but its a bit expensive...for one book.
whats ellis island about?
and its the first i heard of jojo moyes?
what do you think of carol drinkwater's book?
thats a great name huh? lol
she has had more than her fair share of critics knocking her...but i think its unfair...she can't be that bad surely?

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 16:10:07 BDT
S Riaz says:
I have to say that I prefer to buy books, rather than borrow them. However, I do think libraries are a great resource and I do try to use them. My children, although possessing bookcases full of books, really love going to the library. Today I took my two youngest children and my five year old joined up for their summer reading challenge. He is very excited about filling out the chart and getting stickers for reading books, which is very motivating at that age. I would really encourage all parents to join up for the summer holidays, and I also used to take my children to the baby rhyme time sessions and storytimes. I found I used libraries myself a lot when I was a student, but not now really.

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 16:20:54 BDT
Bookworm79 says:
Yes, I use my local library. I probably buy 2-4 books a month (a mix of used and new) but will take out a stack of library books once a month as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 16:39:55 BDT
man says:
my mother used to say i went to the library too often...her response to my request to visit salsbury road library in the late 70s was no!
you are haunted!
sit down and find something else to do!
all i wanted to do was go and lose myself in a book for while...
i used to love greek myths!!!
zeus and co used to fascinate me!
oh and i loved the tintin books too!
have you ever been to saulsbury road library in queens park nw6?
it has been open for decades...i used to go there when i lived in kilburn in the 1970s and early 80s.
the last time i was there was when i was a traffic colleague wanted to sit down and read the papers.
it has not changed much in all these years.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 16:41:18 BDT
man says:
ok thats what books interest you?
i'm a history stickler....

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Posted on 17 Jul 2010 17:51:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2010 18:00:47 BDT
Furny says:
They are great!.From been tiny Mum & I would have our weekly visit to the library to choose our books a tradition which carried on in to my twenties when i was still living at home!. Now we take my 4yr old who loves going too. I research books, order & pre-order new releases for 60p. Librarys have come a long way they are bright, fun, have toys, activities & you don't have to be quiet anymore all which encourages kids to want to read which in the computer age has to be a good thing!Librarys are where my love affair with books first started!.

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 19:30:43 BDT
S Riaz says:
I used to love Tintin as well - and Asterix. Years later my son watched the Asterix films and I was horrified - not at all how I remembered them. Was the library quite a walk? I can't think of any other reason for discouraging it.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 20:17:39 BDT
man says:
oh it would take about 15 mins to walk from where i used to live in the kilburn square flats...i wasn't into asterix much...i didn't understand it really...

Posted on 18 Jul 2010 14:05:45 BDT
S Riaz says:
I preferred Tintin!

Posted on 18 Jul 2010 15:00:20 BDT
Siani says:
I probably go to one of my local libraries about twice a week. There's a library next to the swimming pool where my children have lessons and we go there every week before the swimming lessons. It was closed for three weeks recently and we didn't know what to do with ourselves. I love the fact that you can borrow from one library and return to another one. We usually walk to a local library on a Saturday or after school too. Maybe we wouldn't use the libraries so much if we had to drive to them though.

Posted on 18 Jul 2010 15:03:02 BDT
M. Connelly says:
when i was young, many years ago-!! my sister and i would be left in sutton coldfield childrens library whilst mum did the shopping, it was heaven, the best placein the world, i would borrow as many as i could and then return them the same day....the librarian wasn't too keen on me but was pleased i read a lot!! i still use my local library but the eyes aren't so good 70 years on.

Posted on 18 Jul 2010 20:43:54 BDT
R. webster says:
I stopped using my local library some years ago when I asked the librarian to order Memoirs of a geisha for me and was told that the library was for books that everyone would want to read, not for ones personal use. I can only assume she thought it was porn.

Anyway, I snuck back in with my 8 yr old a few days ago and was relieved to see by the notice board she must have been pensioned off. I had forgotten what a pleasant way it is to spend an hour and my daughter was thrilled to come home with a stack of Jacqueline Wilson. Long live the library.

Posted on 19 Jul 2010 00:07:18 BDT
Dreamer says:
I have to go to the library. It's my job. I'd probably go anyway though. =)

Posted on 19 Jul 2010 11:10:56 BDT
man says:
it is nice to see such a healthy response to my post.
the impression i get judging from the responses so far is that people still value their libraries
and actually i think that is a good thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2010 11:14:14 BDT
man says:
now that is interesting because i used to consider my local library in a similar way.
in fact many times i would spend the whole day in my local library just browsing and reading and of course by the time i was ready to go i would have chosen which books i wanted to borrow to read.
tintin and greek myths were my faves

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2010 11:17:28 BDT
man says:
i was also put off using my local library when i last visited it.
i had asked one of the assistants a simple question to which she responded in such a loud patronizing tone i felt so embarassed
and have not been back since.
of course that does not mean i will never visit other libraries in the future...i just hope that when i do i will be responded to in a quiet respectful manner.

Posted on 19 Jul 2010 12:13:32 BDT
S Riaz says:
Isn't it funny how one bad experience can put us off going somewhere. I would say (as an ex librarian) that you can almost always use any branch within your borough to return and borrow books. So, if you don't like one branch then use another. Also, you can reserve books online now, so you can search yourself and then just go and collect it. They are essential resources and it is terrible to see their budgets being cut and branches shut down. I remember one very bright lovely boy who used to come and study every day, because he said his home was too noisy for him to do his homework. They are a place of refuge - of course they are, they contain books!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2010 12:28:04 BDT
man says:
i agree with you s riaz
in fact one of my reasons for wanting to go to the library alot when i was younger was to get away and sit in a quiet place without disturbance for a few hours.
and again i agree that it is terrible that budgets are cut to save councils money.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2010 15:52:35 BDT
Furny says:
What is just as scary is the new do it yourself machines to check books in & out that have just been installed at my local libraray.
I don't mind them but i know many eldery who are put off by them although the libraray assistants are helping at the moment you can see people getting flustered when theres a queue behind them.
Can't help thinking if these machines will soon replace people or reduce there hours, not sure if they a good thing or not at the moment.

Posted on 20 Jul 2010 17:43:40 BDT
S Riaz says:
Furny the Bookworm, I so agree with you! It isn't just older people who don't like them either. We had them at a University library I once worked at and the students hated them. They all prefer, as do most of us, to deal with a person and not a machine. Mind you, I did once have a lovely lady who complained that she had returned all her books in the book box and yet they were coming up as not returned and she had been billed for them. She was very indignant, I returned them, I put them in the box! Eventually, I asked her to show me and she marched me outside and, next to the book box, was a bin. Yes, you guessed it...

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2010 19:56:18 BDT
man says:
reminds me of the self service machines in asda...they are so loud!

Posted on 20 Jul 2010 20:06:16 BDT
man says:
s riaz
was there many times when you was a librarian and found people returning books minus the pictures?
i remember borrowing a hardback book about the late film star jean was literally falling to bits when i borrowed it and when i returned it the woman gave me a look as if to say why have i returned the book in such a state?
i could not help laughing because the look on her face was a classic...but i assured her that that was the state the book was in when i borrowed it.
i'm not sure if she believed me but i know i was telling the truth.
also what was the longest a book or books were ever kept before being returned in your experience?
have you ever been to the british library?
i used to work there doing the lowly but important pot wash...its a really nice place...very big too.
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