Monday, June 13, 2011

Read All About It!

We are a family of readers. We tear through books like the Kardashians go through boys and money. My husband and I usually read one or two a week, and the kids go through dozens every day. We have books on every shelf, on the tables, between the couch cushions and on the floor. Everywhere you look there is something there for you to read. However, there are a  couple of  issues with having such a voracious appetite for the written word.

1. As much as I love reading Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (about a donkey who accidentally turns himself into a rock) and Gregory the Terrible Eater (about a goat who refuses to eat garbage) to my children, reading it two or three times a day, every day, tends to get on my nerves. And really, I don't have that many nerves to spare.

2. Having a Kindle is probably the greatest thing ever. Digital books cost less and are more "planet friendly" since they are not printed on paper, thus saving millions of trees. And that one click buy feature? Dangerous...yet brilliant. But there is something lovely about holding a book in your hands, turning the pages, and smelling the ink. It's almost...sensuous.

Buying more books would indeed solve the two aforementioned problems. I wouldn't have to read the same books over and over to my kids and I could get all hot and bothered with a paper printed book. But bringing more books in to my house would produce a clutter so deep I fear we would never be able to dig out. Ever. I have to do a book purge every other month as it is! And I certainly don't want to shell out the cash. So how do we feed the need to read without spending money, cutting down trees, or adding to our own personal collections? Why, we go to the library of course!

It's a fix all. The kids get new books to read every two weeks and I don't have to find shelf space for them. I get to check out real live novels that I can hold in my hands without spending a dime Plus, the library is a welcome (and air conditioned) respite from the desert heat. With the new library tote I just finished (made from the tutorial here) we are ready for a summer of reading and fun. And  I might even remember my library card since my new bag has a dandy little pocket for just that purpose...

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  1. I completely agree with you about the feel of holding a book in your hands. I don't think I would ever purchase a digital book holder for that very reason. I too, have a serious addiction and have many many boxes of books that I just cannot seem to part with. I am one of the people who rereads books, so I never get rid of them. I think it is a great problem to have though! Happy Reading!


  2. I totally agree about the books! I have more bookshelves in my house than furniture! Now I only keep reference, vintage and special books. I LOVE the library and I really love that I can go online, choose the books I want, and the library gathers them for me and sends me an email when they are ready to pick up! And it is wonderful that you encourage your children to read. I remember the days of the Bookmobile growing up and I would haul home as many books as they would let me check out!

  3. Favorite line you've written yet: "We tear through books like the Kardashians go through boys and money." :-) Love it, Steph! And I, too, tire of reading the same books over and over. God bless the library!

  4. i share your book love. i worked in a bookstore for 7 years - dream job...but i never came home with much pay...

  5. Reading this brought a smile and some good memories back for me. I remember spending SO much time at the library when I was young. I fell in love with Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables...and even the Wakefield twins. That scent, that sacred scent of book and the cracking noise the spine of the books would make...what a beautiful gift you are giving to your children by taking them there. More adventure there than at Disneyland. Thanks, for the good reminder. :)

  6. I love the library! We hit ours regular and it is making a reader out of my littlest.