Hello again! This week has been ridiculously beautiful here in Houston. We’ve had this nice little cool front perfect for spending time outside. I know that this early in September, the cool won’t stay and we’ll be back in the 90s any day now, but this week I get a little taste of fall <3
If you’ve been around you know that I was on a major reading kick this summer and the obsession has not gone away. Summertime beach reads are fun. But there is something about cozying up in a sweater, drinking a hot tea, and reading something deep that makes me feel giddy with happiness and nostalgia.
The next few weeks you can expect to see several posts with tips and tricks for all my fellow book baes out there.
For today’s post, I reached out to my friend Meagan, who on top of being a ridiculously talented photographer, is also my local librarian.
Side note: Librarian is in my top 5 list of cutest jobs ever. That list (in no particular order) also includes:
- soap maker
- boutique owner
Anyway back to Meagan. She’s one of those people who is so talented, smart, and beautiful you want to hate but you can’t because she is also super kind and helpful. Major girl-crush.
Anyway, I asked her if she had any tips for how to get the most from my local library thinking it would be like 1 or 2 quick things but she sent me a super thoughtful response with so many good tips I wanted to make it a separate post.
4 Tips to Get the Most from Your Local Library
Use their website to check out online resources.
Whenever I add a book to my “To Be Read” list the first thing I do is go to houstonlibrary.org and search to see if they have the ebook or audiobook. Meagan let me know that pretty much every library these days have subscriptions to Overdrive, Hoopla, & Libby so you can find everything from bestsellers to test prep books. I wish I had known about that years ago when I dropped $60 books on an LSAT test prep book that I used for all of 1 week before deciding law school wasn’t for me. And the whole time I could have checked it out FOR FREE with my library card!
Suggest a title.
I’ve had really good luck finding the books that I want already in the database but I read a lot of bestsellers and classics. If you have more eclectic taste and aren’t finding what you’re looking for you can suggest a title. You’re librarian can work on adding the book to their catalogue and they can find the book you want from another library and get it to you through an inter-library loan.
One of my fondest memories as a kid was joining the summer reading program at my local library. Usually it would would be a tracker that you could fill out books you’d finished and you could earn prizes for getting to different levels. I get weirdly competitive about random things and there was something about that tracker and the draw of a free ice cream cone coupon that would push me to read all through the summer and fill up my tracker sheet.
Meagan let me know that libraries do more than just kid programs and most have a programs or outreach librarian. They are always trying to keep a pulse on the needs of the community. She told me at her branch a high school senior asked about college prep help so they created a program to help with things like the SAT prep.
Find your next favorite read.
The tip I was most excited about was the NoveList Database. You can tell if a book you’ve enjoyed and it will make recommendations for what you should read next. NoveList is an EBSCO database that you can access from home with your library card.
Not sure what you should check out first? Check here for some major books-piration!