Why Do I Bother Using the Library?
I grew up using a library. I remember being about four years old and getting my first library card.
Every couple of weeks, I would bring back several new books, read them, and then the day they were due, we made our way back to check them in and check several more out.
At some point, reading became a chore. I wanted to learn, but there was something about reading that lost its luster for me when I was about 10-years-old.
It may have been the summer of 1965 when, as a punishment doled out by my father, I was required to write two 10-page papers using six books each for reference. I had two months for both papers. I only remember the topic of one of the papers--Australia.
My offense? I received a C--an "average" grade--on my report card.
All I could see each time I went up to my bedroom was the pile of those books. I was not allowed to play outside much that summer. I spent a lot of time alone in my room staring at books that held no interest to me. I would hide my "Nancy Drew" books and reread them, so that when someone yelled up the stairs asking what I was doing, I would be not guilty of lying when I answered, "Reading these books."
I think this is when I learned how to skim books for just enough information to satisfy the task. When the due date started to get closer and closer, I wrote a bunch of "stuff" down. It was probably plagiarism, at its finest. I only knew I had to put something down to make it look as if I were working on it.
I am certain that this situation had something to do with how I later viewed research and deadlines.
I have had a library card for many years. It has been a long time since I have used it as I did in the early 1960s.
I do go in occasionally to browse around, as I love being surrounded by books. I do not like that it is so noisy today, and have found myself "shushing" others sometimes. I am sure that they have no idea why "the old lady is being so bitchy."
Over two years ago, I moved into townhouse located on a military installation. The local county library has a bookmobile visit every two weeks. I began my entry back into the library system using it, and checked out two books on beading projects, and three movies.
I skimmed the books for ideas, and turned them back in on-time. I returned one movie without watching it, and I renewed the other two. I never did watch them.
I have gotten a little better, but still I am taking books and movies back that I do not watch. I have run the risk of turning them in late and being charged 25 cents per item each day that I am late.
Perhaps I should just look for old Nancy Drew books while I am there. I might get through them quicker.
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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang Content many not be used without written permission. Adapted from the original published on Bubblews January 5, 2014; later removed by author.
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