We are very lucky to have a pretty large library system in our county (21 branches total). Not only is the catalogue enourmous, but if our branch doesn't have something, most likely another branch has a copy to spare. I love our library (and it happens to be just around the corner to boot)!
One of the other great things about our library is that they sell books people have donated but the library does not need. Fifty cents will get you a soft cover and $1 graduates you up to a hard cover. The Bean and I try to go weekly and the first thing we do is check the sale area. Tonight we had a ton of stuff to return (and a very hefty fine since of course everything was due the day after we left for vacation), and I was anxious to get a look at the new stock since I had missed two weeks in a row. I have been picking up books I read when I was young to save for the Bean. Here is a list of tonight's spoils (some of which I have never read, but looked like I would have):
Summer Pony - Jean Slaughter Doty (It was great to go on Amazon and read all the comments on this one.)
The Secret Horse - Marion Holland (never read this one, but I might need to)
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit - Paula Danziger (The copy I picked up is the original 1974 version. I noticed on Amazon that is has been reprinted many times. I recognized it right away but couldn't quite remember all of the plot)
Emily's Runaway Imagination - Beverly Cleary (never read this one)
Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder (Classic. I used to have this entire series, but unfortnately I cannot find any of them. Must replenish.)
Turns out I have a copy of Summer Pony, so I need to donate that one back. Sadly, I am missing many books I had when I was younger due to my many moves as an adult. I still carry most of them in my head, and someday I hope to have them back in my hand so I can pass them to the Bean.
The Bean's haul at the library went like this:
- Two Scooby-Do "learn to read" books
- Barney Goes to the Zoo
Not quite the classics, but we'll work on that. Total came to $3.50. I cannot explain the thrill of walking out to the car knowing I just bought five great books (OK eight counting the Bean's picks) for less than $5. Did I mention I LOVE our library?