A library within walking distance

greenbooksandthingsI’ve spent the last few years taking great delight in walking to my local library. But due to scheduled maintenance, I’ve had to drive away from the corner of Church and Graveyard to get to another local branch. I miss looking at the neighbors’ yards:

  • Someone has a quince that I’ve been watching (when do quinces ripen around here?)
  • Another family has netting up, either for batting practice or lacrosse
  • One gardener set up a contemplation nook (good idea — maybe I should do the same)

Instead, I’ve gotten to look at a strange neighborhood (grand houses, a grocery store, large elementary school). The gardens seem less personally fought for by the inhabitants. And the book selection is a bit …. odd. Mostly it’s self-help, “how to” books, and illustrated books for children. The books on tape selection is improved, so my driving is cheered by “The Cat Who” mystery series.

But I wonder now that I’ve been there — do people in upscale neighborhoods not even use print media except for children’s books? Do I need to get an eReader of some kind because my library will go in this direction? Has anyone made the jump to eBooks? Is it hard on the eyes like working on the computer all day? Are there ways to see color illustrations? Inquiring minds would like to know.


3 Responses to “A library within walking distance”

  1. 1 Anne Bonney August 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I think there is room in a readers life for the library (having one in walking distance is a bonus), and borrowing ebooks, and buying books, and having an e-reader, and a Kindle, and an iPad on which one reads books – embrace them all! I don’t think I’m over doing it. Nope.

    • 2 wordtapestry August 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      And, of course, there do seem to be some books that have gone straight to e-media (knitting self-publishers), so maybe I need to start hedging my bets. I don’t think you’re overdoing it. I just need to figure out which kind of eBook platform I want to try.

  2. 3 Nib's End August 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

    But I am nearing the threshold of old, and you know what they say about old and dogs and tricks…besides there is no touch of paper beneath the fingertips: yellowed and thick, or cheap newsprinty, or smooth as silk on the more costly ones. And there is no whisper of of turning pages or smell of age on the bindings. Nobody violating the sacrosanct by scribbling notes in the margins and reminding me I am not alone, nor am I the first. I do hope we are stepping into a future where there is room for everyone.

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