One of the joys of living a simpler life, is the rediscovery of the library. In my previous incarnation as an avid book collector, I bought books, and more books and more books. And then on top of that I would buy Video Cassettes and then DVDs when they came out.
And so my book collection grew and grew, and I met my partner, and we consolidated our holdings, and they were immense. The CD collections became meshed, and the DVDs and the Books….and when we moved, well the collections took boxes upon boxes to move. And the removalists would comment on the size of the collections.
Well that’s all changed, nowadays I am downsizing, and the opportunity shops in Ballarat have benefited. The collection is smaller, and I believe a better collection for it. I am keeping only the books I adore, and all the other books, are going on to find other homes. My niece has received the movies and television series we no longer want, and all in all everyone is much happier.
Which brings me to the love affair I’m having with the library service. I love it. It’s like book shopping only better as my money stays in my pocket, and I get to surf the library website in search of the finds…..and what finds there are…..
Right now, I’m enjoying the first season of Blakes Seven. And loving it. I have found other gems, like Andromeda, a series I had completely missed the first time, and then there are the movies I’ve missed thanks to becoming a parent.
And all of it free.
I love going in, and chatting with the librarians, who are amused by my interest in Marvel and DC Comics, trashy science fiction movies (I won’t tell you the reaction I got when I came in to collect The Blob……), fabulous knitting books, and all the paranormal romances I’ve indulged in.
I’m lucky to have such a great library close by, a true community hub from the bubs in prams who come for story time, to the older residents who come for a chat and a good book. And I wouldn’t go back now my eyes have been opened by the amazing breadth and range of material available. My days of buying books have indeed changed.