I have loved going to the library ever since I was a little kid. I remember the public library where we lived when I was in grade school had a huge kids section (or at least it seemed huge to me at the time), and I felt like I could spend forever there.
One of the things I always thought was super cool about library books was that you could look on the inside of the cover and see all the date stamps for each time it had been checked out. This told me how many times the book had been checked out before (and the thrill if I was the first one!), and how long it had been in the library. It gave me more of a connection with the book, and somehow, a connection with everyone else who had read it.
Now the libraries have gone digital. They scan your library card just like it’s a Kroger card, shoot a laser at the books you want to take home, and that’s it. That’s. It. No satisfying thump as the book is stamped, just a dismal barcode stuck to the inside of the book along with a friendly message about how not returning a library book is theft.
A little bit of romance stolen by the digital age. Sigh. Now go buy my ebooks. 🙂
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