Yeah, I know, you’re thinking what? Me? Go to the library? Why would I go and do something like that? Well the other day, I had some errands to run and there happened to be a library in the area. I decided to go in, since I had time to kill and nothing important left to do. Also I really needed to use the bathroom. That was pretty much the only reason I went in. But I thought while I was there I would look around a bit. And I decided I may as well take out a few books.
But I didn’t have a library card. I don’t know what happened to it. I must have lost it at some point. It hadn’t been used in years. What purpose would I have to use it? If I needed to do research for school, I could use the UBC libraries. Or better yet, I could use the internet. What need did I have for books? If I did happen to want to read something for fun, my mom was always taking out books from the library, so I could always just borrow one of hers to read if I had the time to do so.
But it’s been a while since I’ve read for fun. In school, there were far too many readings already. I had a bunch of books for my classes that I wasn’t reading. There would be no point taking out library books so they could sit there unread as well. But I thought maybe I should start again and occasionally read something because I want to read it. I do that with blogs right now, but I suppose reading a couple novels couldn’t hurt either.
I applied for a new library card upon realizing I no longer had one. I think there may have been fines on the previous one. Oh well. I ended up taking out six books and they are all due in a month. Yeah, I’m not going to read them all. But that’s what renewing is for. In a second year English class I took, I constantly renewed a couple books for the whole term, because that way I saved money and didn’t have to buy them. And in a second year Political Science class, I renewed some books about Hobbes like 20 times when I had to write a paper. And I either misplaced them or just didn’t want to bother taking them back. Clicking the renew button a bunch of times until they were recalled was just easier.
Have I read any of the six books I took out? No. No I have not. But I did start one of them. It was about finding a career after graduation. It has yet to be helpful. I knew it wouldn’t be, but I thought I’d go ahead and give it a try anyway. I started reading it at the bus stop and on the bus on my way home that day. Because that was day 1 of my 2.5 days without my cell phone. I figured I would use a book as a substitute while my phone recovered. But ever since getting my phone back, I haven’t touched any of the books. Go figure.
I realized that one of the reasons I don’t like to borrow books from the library is I tend to misplace them. I mean I find them soon enough, but occasionally end up with a very small fine. One year in high school, I think it was Grade 9, I couldn’t get my yearbook on the last day because of an unpaid library fine. So while everyone else was signing each others’ yearbooks, I had to go to the library and wait there for them to let me pay my stupid fine, I think it was like $2 or something. And by the time that was over and I got my yearbook, people were getting ready to leave and less eager to sign it. Not that I would’ve gotten a lot of great messages or anything. But still.
So now I have six books which I may or may not read before they are due. Who am I kidding, I definitely won’t. But I may read a couple. That much I can manage. And renew the others. Or renew them all probably, because when the hell am I going to go back to the library?