All during Illness watch 2008 here at the Nirvana Reid complained that we hadn't been to the library "forever...". So not wanting to deprive the child, yesterday we took our first trip out of the house in 8 days and stopped by our local branch.
The boys quickly made their way to the ONLY SHELF IN THE WHOLE LIBRARY that has books they like and they made their selections.
Yes dear reader, the library has tens of thousands of books, our home has hundreds of books but we load up the minivan, drive to the library to check out one of these 15 books over and over and over again. This is the children's non-fiction construction section. We have checked out each of these books multiple times. I have even paid for one of these books (shhhhh...yes, even after I tore up the house in an exhaustive search I still had to do the walk of shame to the library desk). Let's do a little mommy math...the gas for multiple trips to the library + the time it takes to drive to the library + replacement cost of library books = maybe I would be better off searching Amazon.com for these 15 books and making a permanent purchase.

19 comments:

LaskiGal said...

I so know what you mean. My friends make fun of me for all the fines I've paid and gas I've "wasted" going to and from the library.

BUT, I challenge them by saying that I am supporting the library (and you are encouraging your kids to make it part of their life--reading is important and all). Besides my fines help keep that little old librarian in her sweaters with those cute kittens on them and those WOW so trendy reading glasses. Yeah for me AND for you, gosh darn it!

jennifer h said...

I know what you mean. I'm torn between encouraging the use of the library or supporting writers by purchasing their books. I tend to come down on the side of buying books, because I love the idea of building a library. But kids may not save their books forever, anyway. The point is to encouraging reading, no matter the source, so I don't think you can go wrong either way.

That said, my kids do love to go to the library. And the bookstore. Gee, aren't I helpful?

Courtney said...

It still wouldn't be the same as going to the library! Have fun though.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

That is exactly why I am slowly amassing the The Library of Congress in my living room. I can't be bothered with all that driving and such. Besides, the Toddler loves books so much, I don't know that she would be willing to ever give any back to the library.

Loralee Choate said...

Yes, but when you take the kiddies to the library they associate books with something "Special" which is ALWAYS a good thing.

Chuck said...

You seriously make me giggle! You're so right - Amazon used. That's the only way I go; however, I'm not a mommy and the times when she took me to the library as a child was priceless - actually getting choked up thinking about it. Sometimes I wonder if it was those memories that made me a book/word lover. Now, as I write my memoir I think back to that sweet, sweet time in my life when everything was so good.

Rachael said...

I think our boys would get along well.

Jennifer said...

your a good mommy! :) I love that they pick from the same 15 books each time. :) they might branch out one of these days you never know.
i would love to take my kiddos to the library, but ours is run by some crotchity old lady and it isn't very child friendly, not even the children's section. and my kids are pretty outspoken (loud) and full of life (wild) lol
enjoy your reading. hope you all start to feel better!!
Hugs, Jenn

Sandy C. said...

Oh I can relate. I like the library, but there's only so many times I can renew the 3 books that my daughter just won't let go of!

Jennifer, Le Binky Bitch said...

Haa! I have a few library fine stories myself. I do suspect Amazon would be cheaper.

cce said...

I remember when my O was construction vehicle obsessed. I think we probably owned each of those books at one time or another and now that he's outgrown them, we've donated them to the library. It's the circle of life - picture book style.

Jen said...

I find the library too dang stressful. Trying to keep Peyton quiet in there is a nightmare. Do, we own like 9,000 books.

Who needs a college fund anyway?

frog ponds rock... said...

The library is a great place..It ends up being much much cheaper in the long run..

cheers Kim and I am sorry to say that I had lost your blog for a bit.. ooops My grand daughter pressed delete when I was organizing my rss thingy.. Luckily you commented on my wordless wednesday and I found you again.. *phew* :)

A Mom Two Boys said...

Library? I'm ashamed to say Dylan has NEVER been to a library. I can't keep track of the crap that's mine, let alone something on LOAN that I'd have to return. Simply. Wouldn't. Work.

JCK said...

How fun! We just literally walked in the house from our Thursday afternoon trip to the library. We too overflowth with books at home, but you can never have enough. And then there are the movies/DVDs that you can check out. We are currently obsessed with Volcanoes at our house....

Very cute pics of the boys!

Mommy Cracked said...

Nothing makes my heart smile like seeing little ones in the library!

Slow Panic said...

yes. we have checked out the same five books for years. what is up with that?

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I understand. My daughter keeps renting the same DVD over and over from the video store. I KNOW it would make sense just to buy the thing, but it would lose it's magic, ya know?

Candi said...

Nope, don't buy them. That would take away the fun part for sure. Such cute pics of the boys too!

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