About twelve years ago, after a cross-country move and an entire year with only the clothes in my suitcase, I became somewhat of a minimalist.
This includes not needing to own books. I read every day. There is a book sitting next to me at all times, but my bookstore is the local Public Library.
For the history buffs, the first Public Library in the United States opened in Peterborough, NH, in 1833, and NH was the first state to authorize the establishment of Public Libraries. Our first Public Library opened in 1884 with approximately 4,500 books.
Today, through these doors the citizens of our town go to borrow children, teen and adult books. E-books can be downloaded from the comfort of your home or while you are on the go. There are also movies, music, public computers, ancestry and reference materials, conference rooms to book, and magazines to trade. It’s a busy place where most days you circle the lot to find a parking space.
Outside, you can sit at a picnic table, bench, or on the beautiful stone walls to read or wait for a ride.
I love my library – it is my tax dollars at work for something that I totally approve of and fully utilize. 🙂
Do you use your local library or do you enjoy owning your own books? Books, as in those with paper pages or with electronic pages?
However we choose our reading materials, I think we can probably all agree – reading is always a wonderful adventure.
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors November 5, 2015.