When was the last time you went to your local library? As a kid, one of my favorite trips was to the library. There were so many books to read, so many adventures to have! My first job in high school I was a page at the Medford Public Library. Then, somehow, my reading habits changed. Instead of going to the library, I was buying books online or downloading them and reading them on my Treo. But thankfully I have rediscovered the wonder of my local library!
Medford is part of the Minuteman Library Network which means that you can go online and search through all of the books available at 35 public libraries and 6 college libraries. A few weeks ago a client of mine (thanks Jen!) recommended I read The Not So Big House. I went to the Medford Public Library online and put in a request for the book. In less than a week, I received an email letting me know the book was waiting for me. The Sudbury Public Library had shared the book with me! This is a wonderful book showing that bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to creating a home that feels like a sanctuary at the end of the day.
Right now (March 2009) Medford is holding its first Community Read project where people are encouraged to read and talk about a book. The city choose Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo. I’ve just finished reading the book (I took it out at the library, of course!) and found it fascinating. I knew that there had been a molasses disaster in Boston, but that was about all that I knew. Stephen not only brought the people involved to life, he also did a very good job explaining the political and social issues going on both in the U.S. and Europe and how everything from the slave trade in the 1700’s to World War II contributed to the disaster.
Libraries have been green since the first official lending library was opened in 1598 in the U.K. Books are “recycled” and read by countless people. Go visit your local library so you can read and go green!