Musing Monday

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is a library habits meme…

This week we have a library meme courtesy of MizB:

Library Habits meme:
1) If you don't frequent your local library, why not?
2) If you do visit the library, how often do you go?
3) Do you have a favorite section that you always head to first, or do you just randomly peruse the shelves?
4) How many books are you allowed to check out at one time? Do you take advantage of this?
5) How long are you allowed to have the books checked out?
6) How many times are you allowed to renew your check-outs, if at all?
7) What do you love best about your particular library?
8) What is one thing you wish your library did differently?
9) Do you request your books via an online catalogue, or through the librarian at your branch?
10) Have you ever chosen a book on impulse (from the online catalogue OR the shelves) and had it turn out to be totally amazing? If so, what book was it, and why did you love it?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your opinion in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks.

1) If you don't frequent your local library, why not?
I love my library

2) If you do visit the library, how often do you go?
I usually go every second Sunday


3) Do you have a favorite section that you always head to first, or do you just randomly peruse the shelves?
My library has a special themed display (this week is ‘armchair travelling’, for instance) which I like to check, and then I like to look at the new books display


4) How many books are you allowed to check out at one time? Do you take advantage of this?
My library has a VIP program which you can sign up for if you have over 12 months with no fines. As a VIP you can borrow up to 20 books – I don’t think I’ve ever borrowed out that many, but have borrowed up to 15 at a time (not the norm). This usually happens when I go on a graphic novel kick (and try to borrow out a whole set) or if I spend a lot of unexpected time in Penrith – I sometimes fill in time at the library when taking my mother to the doctors.


5) How long are you allowed to have the books checked out?
Two weeks


6) How many times are you allowed to renew your check-outs, if at all?
I’m pretty sure you can reborrow twice – but our library has a self check-in system, so as long as there’s no hold on it, there’s nothing stopping you from just returning it and reborrowing it.


7) What do you love best about your particular library?
I like the display shelves the library sets out all over the library, in the general fiction, YA, and children’s section. I like the themed displays best (‘armchair travelling’ and  ‘If you liked Twilight…’ are up at the moment) but also make sure to also check out the new book in each section as well as the ‘recently returned’ shelves. Makes browsing easier if you’re in a hurry, too.


8) What is one thing you wish your library did differently?
I’m sure Wendy will agree with me here, but I wish the library was a bit more diligent in keeping their shelves in order. Sometimes it is very difficult to locate a book.


9) Do you request your books via an online catalogue, or through the librarian at your branch?
I have done, but only if desperate because they charge $1.50 a book to request something. I usually have enough on my tbr list to grab something whenever it’s in and wait for the others to be returned eventually. I suppose I’ve been spoiled by the free requesting at my uni library.


10) Have you ever chosen a book on impulse (from the online catalogue OR the shelves) and had it turn out to be totally amazing? If so, what book was it, and why did you love it?

I grab random books all the time; I enjoy a little mystery here and there! The one coming to mind at the moment is Lisa Ann Sandell’s Song of the Sparrow

Sandell - Song of the Sparrow 

35 comments :

gautami tripathy said...

You are one great library user!

Mondays: Musings/Whereabouts

Bluestocking said...

I don't use the library that much. Here is mine

caite said...

I am one rotten library user, but HERE is my answer, such as it is!

Nise' said...

If my library charged for every book requested, I would be broke!

My Musing is here.

Shon said...

Here are my responses:

http://memybookandthecouch.blogspot.com/2009/08/musing-mondays.html

Matt said...

Mine is up. :)

Vicki said...

Mine's HERE

Yvonne said...

Mine is here

Kim said...

Great idea for a post this week!
Mine is up...
http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2009/08/monday-games.html

*smiles*
Kim

Elena said...

Man your library has VIP! That sounds so cool ^_^ Here's mine at the brand new website!

With Extra Pulp

Debbie's World of Books said...

My answers are up Debbie's World of Books

Sarah said...

First time I try this meme, my answers are up here. Have a great weekend!

Whitney said...

I would also be broke if my library charged for requesting books. That's kinda crazy.

My answers are here.

Susan B. Evans said...

I'm a library lover too! Here's a link to my answers.

jennilovevirgo said...

I felt kinda left out on this one cause I'm not a library person..but I did participate as best as I can!

http://fallingofftheshelf.blogspot.com/2009/08/musing-monday-august-3rd.html

MizB said...

http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/musing-mondays-aug-3/

My answers are up! Thanks, Rebecca! :D

~MizB

wendy elizabeth said...

the un-library-loving librarian respnse here

Juliann said...

This is my first time joining in on Monday Musings but I have enjoyed reading them on other sites.
Here is mine: http://liningupmywords.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/monday-musings-libraries/

Staci said...

I'm a library junkie!!

Here's Mine:
http://lifeinthethumb.blogspot.com/2009/08/mailbox-monday-and-musing-mondays.html

Michael said...

Don't get to the library as much as other folks - here's my list of answers.

Alison said...

I'm in love with my library and its wonderful policies.

okbolover said...

I love the library - most of the time :)

Tim said...

It has books, therefore I go.

kaye said...

fun answers and I love the cover art on your book. my musings

zetor said...

I LOVE my library, http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/musing-mondays.html

Penny (aka Yooperchick) said...

My library is my one tenuous link left to sanity! Here's mine:
http://ilovemybooks.blogspot.com/2009/08/musing-mondays-library-habits.html

Amanda (twyls) Roby said...

http://loveandfiction.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/musing-monday-8-3/

Thanks for a great Musing. My husband and I just started our blog, so I'm excited to be participating.

twyls

damnedconjuror said...

Here's mine:

http://damnedconjuror.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/musing-mondays-2/

Emily said...

I can't believe your library charges for requested books! that's ridiculous!

here's mine. I love my library :)
http://worldinsidemyheadbookblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/musing-mondays-library-meme.html

Tina Kubala said...

It's my first time playing, but I couldn't resist the topic.

Jenny said...

Here's mine!

talesofabookaddict said...

Hey there, I'm participating again for the first time in like forever! Had a great time with this one!! Here's mine:

http://talesofabookaddict.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/monday-musings-aug-3-2009/

Ambrosia Jefferson said...

Here is my Muse Musing Monday at Fire & Ice

carolsnotebook said...

I love my library, too. I'm there about once a week.

52 Faces said...

Love those libraries! haha VIP - we're so awesomely nerdy

Just checking back after meeting you through the Library Challenge - oh wow you're done!

So did you ever get to see Inkheart? After the book I lost the urge to watch it - I was disappointed!

How were Sarah Dessen's books? Was it "undabar?" (the word verification for this comment)