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#1 1miss2littlemen

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

How often do you visit your local library?
I have just  moved to a house where the library is just at the bottom of the hill and I love it! LOL They have kiddies story time on Wednesday morning and then a babies group on thursday that I mught just be able to get to!! I am uber excited LOL
So how often do you get to go to your library?

#2 itsaboysworld

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:48 AM

Not enough. I visited my previous local library all of three times in the seven years I was there. It was regularly closed though and was smaller than my loungeroom, so range was rather narrow.

I havent checked out the new one yet, but should do so soon, thanks for the reminder.

P's mother is a grammar school librarian and we have been lucky enough to receive some of their older stock as they renew, the latest being a full set of world book encyclopaediae (wooohoooo!) original.gif

#3 DEVOCEAN

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:52 AM

Never. The kids walk up to the local one when they have assignments and can't find what they want on the internet. I normally just buy a book if I like it, or I just buy cheap ones on the specials tables. Probably explains why DH hates the books that are everywhere as we don't have a huge shelf.

#4 Faradaye

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:52 AM

I used to go to rhyme time twice a week.  The librarian who ran it is absolutely fantastic, and kids LOVE her.

But it had become a victim of its own success.  Now it is just too crowded and busy.  I arrive early-ish to get a spot, and you can guarantee that ten minutes after the starting time some late comer will plonk themselves down practically on top of me because there is no space left anywhere else.

I can't stand it.  They sit so close in front of me I can't straighten my legs, and my two year old DD has nowhere to stand to do the movements / dance etc.

And let's not forget the group of Mums with older kids who send the kids up the front and then use the opportunity to sit up the back and have a good old chinwag at the tops of their voices, with complete disregard to the librarian trying to sing over the top of them.  They don't responds to shushing either.  Selfish biatches that they are.

So I had to stop going.  The last time I went I left half way through in a big huff after a lady nearly sat on top of me.  And I swore I'd never go back to rhyme time anyway.  I go back regularly to borrow audio books.  They have a fantastic selection for children.

#5 wombatwoman

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:53 AM

Every 3 weeks.  Took my mum & 4yo just yesterday.  4yo chose 3 books, loves it!  Might start doing story/craft time soon too.

#6 mummame

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:55 AM

I go at least once a fortnight. My local is amazing, every book and magazine you can think of as well as DVD's. You can anything for two weeks and they are so lenient abotut extensions. I often have books late and NO LATE fees, just bring them back whenever and they reset your card and they don't make you feel bad. It really is an amazing service and to think years ago I used to buy all my books/mags! They also let you reserve any title, they will get it to your local library and send you a text to collect. I am so impressed with my library (can you tell original.gif)

#7 Cranky Kitten

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:56 AM

About every 3 weeks when I get an email saying we need to return books original.gif Sometimes sooner if we've gone through them all earlier though.

#8 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:56 AM

when we lived within walking distance, 1-2 times a week.  But now?  Lucky if I go once every few months.  Not as convenient to get to.

#9 Fanny McPhail

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:57 AM

Mine is within walkin distance too.
During term time we go once a week for story time. Out of term time, rarely.

I do love the library and read constantly. I am also very good at reading borrowed (from family and friends) books without damagaing them and as such I always have a mountain of borrowed books to read.

#10 MrsDamonSalvatore

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

in my home town i used to go atleast once a week. where we live now, i dont even know where a library is  ph34r.gif

#11 paddyboo

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

not as much as I'd like. The library is 15 mins drive away, parking is terrible, you only get 2 week loans and I am hopeless as getting them back on time.

#12 AprilEthereal

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:00 AM

Roughly every three weeks. We are due back next week as we have some books to return and will borrow more.

#13 EssentialBludger

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:00 AM

Our local, not very often. I actually still have some unreturned books, as they've moved and I don't know where they've gone. wacko.gif

We do visit the library next to DDs dance school every Saturday though. DS and I go there and read for 2 hours while DD dances.

#14 Julie3Girls

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:07 AM

For a few years, we were going at least once a fortnight, for library storytime (story, singing & dancing and craft for $1). Did read'n'rhyme with DD2 when DD1 was at preschool. Often going into the in-between weeks simply because the girls loved going to the library.

Now, we are at the local mobile library once a week. It parks outside the hall where the girls dance, so I go in there to fill in time with whichever girls aren't dancing original.gif

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But it had become a victim of its own success. Now it is just too crowded and busy. I arrive early-ish to get a spot, and you can guarantee that ten minutes after the starting time some late comer will plonk themselves down practically on top of me because there is no space left anywhere else.

I can't stand it. They sit so close in front of me I can't straighten my legs, and my two year old DD has nowhere to stand to do the movements / dance etc.

And let's not forget the group of Mums with older kids who send the kids up the front and then use the opportunity to sit up the back and have a good old chinwag at the tops of their voices, with complete disregard to the librarian trying to sing over the top of them. They don't responds to shushing either. Selfish biatches that they are.

Our read'n'rhyme for the little ones (up to 18mths), used to be limited to a certain number, so the little ones didn't get overwhelmed. They also had sets of books for the babies eg 8 of the same touch and feel book, that we would read as a group. So the numbers needed to be limited.  It was lovely, such a nice little group.

We were having the same problem with overcrowding with the storytime sessions. Didn't help that people were bringing their huge prams in and taking up so much space.
So the library starting adding some rules - prams had to be left in a different area, to keep them out of the way. They would very politely ask if all the mums could keep their chat until afterwards.  And if it kept up during the session, the librarian got a bit more blunt, telling them to please move their conversation out of the children's section.

#15 Guest_Retro_Mumma_*

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

I used to go every week but now DS is obsessed with running out of the automatic doors and the road is right there so its a fight - not a relaxing story/ play time and browse any more.

#16 mindy05

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:09 AM

I would go more often if I didn't owe so much in fines. I used to go every week when the kids were little as they went first to Rhyme Time, then to Storytime. DS would love to be there at least every week. We have five libraries to choose from in our municipality.

Edited by mindy05, 17 April 2012 - 10:09 AM.


#17 GamerMum

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:14 AM

I've been maybe three times in the 8 years I've lived here.

It's in the middle of out local school (primary and high smooshed together), closes for recess, lunch and classes, and random weekends but never advertises when these are. It's hit and miss really. The book selection is absolutely shocking, and the place is tiny so I've never found anything I want in there anyway. They don't get new books because they figure the students use the internet for everything anyway, so why bother. Hmmm It's a public library!
I'll be going more next year though, as they have an awesome babies and toddler toy library that I plan to take advantage of. Instead of books, they lend out toys.

#18 prettypenny

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:15 AM

OP are you my new neighbour? I live a stones throw from our library and go there heaps. DD1 has attended storytime from day dot.

Once, when she had just started walking, I let her lead the way on our arvo walk. She went straight to the library.

Storytime is super busy (and yes, chatting mothers are the worst) but fortunately our library has added a few more sessions to their schedule.

I use it for myself a lot too, borrowing books and dvds.

#19 maggiechunga

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:17 AM

i go ALL the time.

i have a really good local library that has a tennis table, foos ball, bean bags.... my son LOVES it. we can easily spend an hour there just mucking around.

and i find it so much easier to just check out a dvd or book than to spend the money on buying. that way we can try things out instead of spending the money (just to find my DS no longer likes that show this week  rolleyes.gif )

and it cuts back on the book clutter i amass when i get into a book buying spree   wink.gif


#20 Xiola

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:19 AM

Once a month (that's how long the loans are for).

#21 Therese

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:19 AM

I used to go regularly.  Ours is open a couple of nights a week and when the girls were younger I used to escape there and enjoy the peace.



#22 tothebeach

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:20 AM

All the time.  I'm a voracious reader and don't like to reread.  I also can't handle being without a book to read.  So I have always been a huge library goer.   My sons are now the same so we go at least once a week, probably more and leave with two green bags of books every time.

#23 i-candi

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:25 AM

Used to go ALL the time.

Now not so much, actually rarely because we all have kindle ! I love kindle

#24 Cacti

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:30 AM

Before I got my e-book reader, I went once a week. Now it's probably once a fortnight, to once a month.

They do lend out e-books, but I haven't quite got it figured out yet.

#25 Veryclucky

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:32 AM

I used to go weekly but now only occasionally. I have read through most of their collection so now am reduced to picking random books off the shelves and it is hit and miss as to whether I will like it.

All my favourite authors I own most of their books and have read all the ones the library has so no point looking most of the time.

I will probably start going again soon as they will have changed their inventory enough to make it worth it.

I read a massive amount but currently am working my way through the free kindle books as well as borrowing from others.

I also collect a few authors such as Nora Robert/J.D Robbs (same person lol) that have written a massive amount of books so am currently trying to complete my collection. Should keep me busy for a while.

Once I have children, will be regularly attending the library for story time etc as well as to get them used to it so they hopefully will inherit my love of reading and books




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