1. How often do you visit your local library?
My Goal is at least once a month. In the summer time I can just walk the 4 blocks with no problem. Because I live on a one way, driving there in the winter is a bit more work and not always safe with all the snow.
2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?
I always check out way too many books. I also very rarely get the books back in time. I usually have to either drop them off early in the morning so the librarians don’t see me or I go online and extend my hold.
3. How old were you when you got your first library card?
I believe the rule was that you had to be 10 years old to get a base library card and 13 for the city library. I left Great Falls for 9 years and came back to find that my library card was still valid because I owed 5 dollars from 2005.
4. Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?
I like to go online and place a hold for at least two books that have caught my attention. Then when I go in, I’ll take time to browse the new books and see if there is anything that catches my attention. The GFPL does a great job with their displays and I have never left without at least 4 books in my arms.
5. Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?
When I first arrived, I didn’t have my internet setup yet and the job I had planned fell through. So I was spending a lot of time in the library using their wifi and borrowing DVDs and audiobooks so that I had something to do at home while I waited for a call back.
6. From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)
I love the adult section collection of murder mysteries, but I am also a diehard YA reader. I get a lot of book recommendations from my sister who works in a library in Amarillo. She has really great taste!
7. What is your favorite part of using your local library?
I love seeing kids who are coming to the library for the first time. The sheer awe and wonder on their faces is just so heart warming. There also is this strange sort of togetherness that come from a library because you are all there to dive into a world that differs from your own. You get to see people at peace for just a bit as they walk past a book they have read before and you see them smile a bit, like saying hello to the books.
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