Friday, April 13, 2012

National Library Week: April 8-14

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.
-Keith Richards

Noelle: My library spoils me rotten.  The Orange County (Florida) library system not only has a billion e-books you can check out (up to 20 at a time!) but they also have a home delivery system for your hard copy checkouts.  That's right, home delivery to your doorstep:

It's like Christmas morning every time.

Maggie: I'm lucky that LA has two fantastic library systems: the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and the County of Los Angeles Library (COLA). COLA opened two branches recently, one in West Hollywood and one in Topanga Canyon. The West Hollywood branch is absolutely stunning -- there's even a tennis court on the roof! -- but I love the smaller Topanga branch tucked in the canyons. The fact that Jason Momoa has been spotted around there also helps. Egged on by my librarian friend, I have also shamelessly abused the "Suggest a Purchase" feature. After my 10th, okay 15th, suggestion in as many days, I finally got an email telling me to calm the f@$k down, but in a very polite way. Between LAPL's 30 checkout limit and COLA's 50 checkout limit, my car is basically a bookmobile.  I also have a Beverly Hills Library card because I'm fancy.

As a reader, there is no greater resource than the library. In honor of National Library Week, go ahead and hug your librarian. Tell them YAA sent you.
Disclaimer: YAA is not responsible for any lawsuits or acts of retribution, bodily harm, or pepper spray that result from any hugs.


  1. Replies
    1. Totally spoiled, right? I actually called them up and was like "Are you sure? I can come pick them up!" and they were like no it's easier for us this way. They didn't have to twist my arm ;) --N

  2. Oh wow, your libraries sound awesome! Wish we had excellent public libraries here in the Philippines.

  3. I thought my libraries were good but yours beat mine hands down! Noelle I can't believe you can borrow ebooks and that they home deliver books! Maggie - 30 and 50 books at a time? CRAZY! I can take out 20 and both of the libraries I'm a member at, one with loans of 3 weeks, the other 4 weeks, 8 weeks over Christmas/NY but that's about as good as it gets!

  4. Ahaha, I agree with the sentiment but I don't want randoms coming up to hug me at work. Or ever.

    But that post card is seriously awesome and if one of those appeared at my library I would photocopy it and stick it up everywhere to amuse myself with its adorableness.

    30 and 50 books is pretty awesome! As a staff member I get unlimited loans and the thought stresses me because I end up taking too many things home. Do you seriously take out 50 items?? How do you carry them all to the car?


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