Ex Libris

After years of frequently saying I should go, I finally did go. To the library, that is. I have an insatiable appetite for books and just finished the one my family left on their last visit. I also polished off all of the holiday gift books that would fit in my daily backpack. Purchasing is not an option as we’re saving our pennies for our upcoming travel, wedding and honeymoon. With all of this in mind, I took my brand new library card to the Chestnut Hill branch yesterday.

It quickly became an exercise in self control. I was immediately overexcited and wanted to take out at least five books. It took a while, but I calmed myself down and settled on two, one somewhat heavier and one fluffier. Until yesterday I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed the public library growing up. I was a veritable Lisa Simpson, often visiting in the summer as well as the academic year. Remember when we had to use books for school research? I frequented in my early college years as well, once going so far as to peruse the microfiche for fun.

I contemplated checking out the local library shortly after moving to Philadelphia, but found the local branch was not in the safest area. Now I have a two block walk on which I happen to pass my bank, a tasty pizza place, a remarkable coffee shop and hidden gem of a bakery. I try not to extol the virtues of Chestnut Hill too much on here, but I can’t help it. There is so much to love, and now the library as well.

7 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

    I love the library. It’s like shopping, only you don’t have to give them any money when you leave.

  2. Joe S (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Wait until you find out about “SUMMER LOAN”

  3. jen (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    i know! i got nervous at check out because i kept thinking they would demand money somehow.

    i’ve never heard of summer loan. it sounds exciting. what is it?!

  4. nanci (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

    If you liked the library so much don’t ever go to Barnes & Noble or you’ll be in real trouble. I could spend all afternoon in a bookstore and they always want my credit card when I leave. I’d love to see a post of people’s favorite books they’ve read lately.

    just another book addict.

  5. Gary Wiens (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

    I hadn’t been to the library for a zillion years. Then I discovered they had DVDs, CDs, eBooks, up-to-date computer books. I am now a frequent visitor.

    If you want to see what others are reading, check out this post by Chris… http://philadelphia.metblogs.com/archives/2007/03/shelfari_the_be.phtml

  6. Dan (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

    Chestnut Hill library is where its at!

  7. Andrea (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    I remember the first time I went to the central branch all by myself when I was 13 years old, during that summer before entering high school. I was taking art classes downtown and would catch the 33 bus to get home, which stops right outside the library. Every day during lunch I was in there, and would leave with anywhere between 2 and 6 books–yes, I am and always have been a quick reader.

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