I must confess I did not know about National Library Week until I was reading my blog feed and came across this post by Kate on her blog, The Neverending Shelf. She is donating books to her library for comments on her blog. What a great thing to do especially in these days of the sagging economy. I know libraries are one of the ones taking big hits. I work for a state university and know that our library has taken a hit (and I don't work in the library). So go check out Kate's post and help her donate a book to her library.
I personally love my local library. I have raved about it before and will continue to. I walk in and they immediately walk to the reserve shelf to get my books - that is how well they know me :) The staff is nice, they are willing to look into books you want ordered and they just go the extra mile. We can reserve books through the library system which for me is a 3-county system (I don't live in the big city obviously). The selection of books is wonderful. My local library also just moved into a new and bigger location. It is great. They have a great children's section and do their best to get all the recent bestsellers in plus a lot of other great books. The YA section keeps expanding and our children's librarian has done a lot to help with that.
I took my oldest son for the first time when he was 4 - we got his library card then. He loves it and now they visit it every other week with school and I usually take him the weeks in-between because he's not allowed to check out Goosebumps books when he goes with school, but I let him and they are his favorite books right now. My youngest son has been going with us since he was about 3, but he likes to play on the various toys more than look at books, so I usually just pick a few out and show him and he usually nods yes and we check those out. When he learns to read I see him checking out books right and left like his mom, dad and older brother.
So you can see I do love my library. I will be heading there this afternoon to get my latest reserve books.
Do you use your local library? If you don't why not? If you do, what is your favorite thing about it? Have you checked out any books this week?
Comment to win a book off of my giveaway shelf which can be seen here. Open to US/Canada and the giveaway will end next Wednesday 4/21.