I’m a proud member of the Englewood Public Library. Duh. I live in the town. But, I use the library extensively for research and for my kids’ entertainment. We started going there when my daughter was an infant. The library has a play room and activities for little ones weekly. Since both my guys have been going there since they were itsy bitsies, the library is a place that they like going to, and they are comfortable in. I consider the librarians friends, and we spend a good chunk of time chatting (not quietly) while the kids are running around the stacks… I mean choosing books.
It’s crucial for my research, because within the Bergen County Library System (BCCLS) I can find pretty much anything I want. So far, I haven’t had to go into the city to use the NYPL in my nearly four years of researching non-fiction books.
And just when I thought I couldn’t love my library more, they go and start sending me email updates to let me know which books are due two days before the due date so I don’t have to deal with: a) the panic of realizing I’ve forgotten to return a book; and b) wondering which ones are actually due. This is handy because the kids and I usually have 5-10 books out at a time and I renew them online, so the dates stamped on the books aren’t necessarily correct.
Good looking out, library. Good looking out.