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The #ReadingMyLibrary challenge is hosted by Stefani of Caught Read Handed and Amy of Read What I Like. The goal? Read at least one book from your local library in the month of April. I’m a little late to the party, since the challenge started on April 1, but what the heck. I love my library, and I love to talk about it.

Since I missed the first two check-ins, I will use this post to quickly catch up.

1. A little information about my library. Well, my library is actually a county-wide library system. There are five libraries, and I am lucky enough to live within driving distance to two of them. Both recently moved; one into a brand-new building, and the other into a renovated barn. Neither one is particularly big, but the buildings are pretty. And the staff is wonderful.


2. Books I suggested to my library. My latest suggestions were Our Endless Numbered Days and The Day the Crayons Quit. The library got both of them, and I was the very first one to check them out.

Even though I am participating in #TBR20 (or #TBR25 now, to make up for some irresistible book deals) in an effort to get the TBR pile at home down, I am reading quite a few library books this month. I’ve finished Our Endless Numbered Days yesterday (just in time for The Socratic Salon’s discussion of the book), and the kids and I have read The Days the Crayons Quit about 5 times already since Saturday. I’m about to start reading Academy Street, Miss Marvel and How to Raise a Wild Child.

My check-out slip for these five books states at the bottom: Cost to buy these items: $91.95. Value of using your library: Priceless!



  1. We LOVE the library! My son and I hit up reading time multiple times a week 🙂 I might join this challenge! I know I’d be late but it’s fun and easy! Cute library btw!

  2. I love my local library too. It’s staffed by community volunteers, and I’ve been helping out for an afternoon or two each month. We’re lucky to have it as it was under threat of closure a couple of years ago.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think of Academy Street, hope you like it. 🙂

    • That’s great that you volunteer at your library! The high school kids in our county get extra credit if they volunteer at the library, which is part of the reason why it can stay open until 8 during the week. I think that’s an excellent arrangement.

  3. I love this challenge too! So tempted to join even though I have so many other posts to write. I tried requesting How to Raise A Wild Child from my library and they didn’t have it yet. I haven’t made any book suggestions to the libraries I use because it never even occurred to me!

    • You know, I didn’t know I could request books either until the library redid its website and added a request button. I haven’t made too many requests yet, but they’ve always gotten what I’ve asked for. How to Raise a Wild Child is very good so far.

    • It is a very nice library, and I am very happy with it. I wish it were a little bigger, but considering where we live, I can’t complain too much. A couple of people have commented that their library is getting a makeover, which makes me so happy. That’s much better news than hearing about library closures.

  4. I love this challenge (even though I don’t really need it). I use my library all the time – probably too much. Just today, I got an e-mail telling me that 4 holds have come in at once. Sigh. Why do they always come at once? Just when I thought I was getting caught up…
    And, I wouldn’t be surprised if they get tired of me requesting books that they don’t have. 🙂 Academy Street is one of the books that I recently requested, but it hasn’t come yet.
    Your library is beautiful! I love that it’s in an old barn. Ours is going to be moving, too, into an old building that is being renovated. When it’s done, I’ll try to remember to take a picture.
    I’m interested to hear about How to Raise a Wild Child!

    • I know how it is when all the requested books come in at once. 🙂 And I don’t really need an incentive to use the library either, but there are so many people who don’t know about all the awesome services the library now offers. (Of course those people probably won’t read my ramblings…) It’s just nice to have like-minded people online.

  5. What a great challenge! Every time I go back to the library after a long absence I’m blown away all over again by the treasures that a library houses. And your last line – the $ amount – really hits it home all over again. When you stop and do the math, the library becomes even more valuable.

    • I do save a lot of money on books, especially kids books, by using the library. And since I am a bit nerdy, I figured out that it only takes four successful trips to the library for the money I save and the taxes we pay for the library to even out, which I love to point out to the husband. He can’t argue with that. 🙂

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