YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! My local library has reopened after a two year refurbishment. Yes, that’s right, two years. Ouch, I hear the book fans among you say. We did have a temporary library, but it’s nice to have a full-size library back again!
I’m a slight anomaly among book lovers, it seems-I prefer the library over the bookshop. Maybe because I prefer trying a book out before committing to it? Whatever the reason, the last two years have been hard without a real library.
The library actually reopened yesterday, but I only got to go today as I’ve now broken up for half term (can I get a WOOP WOOP over here, please?). My verdict? Pretty cool, but disappointing teen section. The library now has a cafe (which does THE BEST hot chocolates), an expanded children’s section, several meeting rooms, toilets (!), a bar, a quiet zone and a ‘Fab Lab’ opening this summer! (For the unininitiated, a Fab Lab is going to be a ‘digital fabrication workshop equipped with the latest laser-cutters, CNC routers, 3D scanners, 3D printers, and programming tools, where you can make almost anything’. Nope, I have no idea what a CNC router is either). Pretty cool, huh? The only downsides are that a) there are only 2 machines to return books with and 2 machines to get books out with, and b), given the massive expansion of the library, the teen section sucks. Don’t get me wrong, the books are all lovely and new, but there are only five teen shelves. And two of those are solely for anime/manga novels. Grrr. Not good.
The library also seemed to have some kind of PS3 thing in the corner of the teen section, which didn’t seem to be working…as my sister said, I bet they don’t have Call Of Duty on that. I’ll update you on the library as I use it more-or at least as I have more hot chocolates there!
What’s your local library like? How often do you visit it?
An Overthinking Teenager