I heart my library!

Port Townsend Library

Port Townsend Library

I guess I should confess first of all, that I’m probably a librarian at heart. And certainly a power-patron. I have 3 current library cards- Pt Townsend, Shenandoah County & San Miguel de Allende. Some of the best times of my last year have been volunteering @ libraries. In fact, I noticed that right after I moved to Pt Townsend, the circulation statistics were way up- it made the front page! (Slow news wk, I guess…)

The library is an old Carnegie building, so it has a lot of charm, if not a lot of room. But they cooperate with the Jefferson County library, based in Pt Hadlock, so the collection is much larger than is apparent.

I know that most libraries have the cool on-line catalog, so that you can look up a book/CD/DVD & reserve it. I love walking in, showing my card & picking up a stack of books they’ve held for me. Almost as much as browsing the shelves & finding something it never would have occurred to me to order.

PT’s library has some extra goodies, though, thanks to the tireless volunteers and Friends. Many people come to PT for a short stay, so the library has rounders of paperbacks with pink stickers. They are donated books, and don’t even need to be checked out, just returned eventually. There’s also a rack of $1 cheap reads, and a bin of recent (donated) magazines to read, collage, whatever.

There are also no fines @ the PT library (for books- DVD’s are another matter), but there’s a conscience bank, so that you can fine yourself.

My latest library discovery is that with just a library card, I can sign up for Mango language lessons, so I’m working on my Spanish. Thanks, library!

What’s your favorite library service/hack?

3 Responses to “I heart my library!”

  1. Brad says:

    Sara, I worked summers in a big library system in the mid-west while in college and grad school. I LOVE the PT library. My favorite service? That everybody can come in and read and find peace! Doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, well-dressed or not, own your own home, or are homeless. Another favorite service is the book group and its wonderful leader, even though I rarely get to go.

  2. Sara says:

    That’s right- the book group! And I can’t believe I forgot to mention the Fiber Frenzy knitting group. It’s a lot of fun, even for a novice like me.

  3. Javantea says:

    I started on the Mango Portuguese language system using my Seattle library card. It was decent but required flash for the entire site, so it was very opposite to my learning style — I learn when I use something, so using a proprietary interface that doesn’t allow copying is worse than having a bad teacher for me. But that’s not to say that it won’t work for anyone.

    Com licença, agora vou dormir.