A few days later I went back to check out as many books as I'm allowed, just four for the first three months.
I've already read two books, watched a journalism documentary and started a third book.
The visit to the library reminded me how much I love libraries. And books.
There's no possible way I can fit all the books I love or want to read in my house, or afford them all, but the library is like an endless supply of discovery, adventure, learning and exploring, all for free!
There was a time in Virginia when I had a library card to no less than four libraries at once.
It's true that I have amassed quite a library of my own, but now with home renovations, chickens, gardening and house payments, it's far more practical to take advantage of the local library. Of course, I'll still buy a few books now and then, but I won't feel bad about it when I breeze through the latest Dan Brown and another Sophie Kinsella book from the library.
My highly active imagination is nurtured and encouraged through books and from the very beginning, I've been a book worm.
Books are a low cost way to learn. Self-help books aside, you can learn about science, language, computers, business, history and more. You're only cost is the time you spend reading.
You may not be able to book a flight at the drop of a hat, but you can read a good travel book and be transported all over the world or back in time.
When life gets heavy, you can escape to the lighter side. There's chick-lit, fairy tales, mysteries, sci-fy and so much more to drop into a character's world for a time.
You can fall in love with characters and they'll take you through emotions and make you think in ways you might not have in real life.
Reading can be life changing, inspiring, motivating and make you a better writer. All within your reach with just a quick trip to the library.
But, until your next trip to the library, some recommended online reads.
Alicia on beating the cubical blob and freeing your mind with Allie.
When the clutter starts to overwhelm you with Julie and how to get over being stressed about your house, a feeling I'm far too familiar with these days.
On being a better blogger with Marissa, why Jamie loves to read your blog and Erika's back to blogging after a break.