Back in March I finally made the effort to join a local public library around these parts. Let it be known that I LOVE reading. I always have a book in my purse, and I’ve been a ravenous devourer of literature since a young age. Jon-not so much. He reads non-fiction about stuff like the reign of Kim Jon-Il and Steve Jobs on the Kindle app on his tablet, only occasionally. In fact, we made a decision to read Game of Thrones-the whole series!-before watching the show, and he’s taken nearly 2 and a half months to get all the way through the first book and halfway through the second, which he then promptly forgot about and completely stopped reading. I gave him the head start because I read so much faster and I knew at some point we’d be stuck on the same book, and I’d be annoyed at having to share and/or wait for him to finish one for me to start it. TLDR: I haven’t started Game of Thrones yet, but I’m about to give up on sharing the experience with Jon:)
Anyway, I now have a library card good for use at all Brighton and Hove libraries! My library of choice (not necessarily “neighborhood library” but close enough) is the Jubilee Library in the North Laines, as pictured above. Very modern. Pretty cool looking, right? And inside, they’ve got this for checking out-it’s space age and blows my mind. You plop your books on that little shelf and it automatically reads out your list in a few seconds and prints a receipt. Magical! The same thing happens with returns-come in, place your books on the shelf, beep through the bar code on your library card and then place the books on the shelf next to the machine. All self serve.
If you haven’t made the effort to join a library in the Brighton/Hove area yet, you have plenty-and I mean plenty-of choices as to where to go, depending on your own humble abode’s location. There are public libraries in Hove, Coldean, Hangleton, Hollingbury, Mile Oak, Mouslecoomb, Patcham, Portslade, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Westdene, Whitehawk, Woodingdean, and a mobile library. Whew…what a list! That list, by the way, can be found here.
I’m not sure how it is at other Brighton and Hove libraries, but at Jubilee I can check out forty books at one time. FORTY. I have no idea why I would ever need so many books at my disposal at one time, but it’s an option, if that’s a thing you’re into. I’m sticking with five or less.
Also, according to their website, the Jubilee library is the city’s largest library and the fifth most visited library in all of England. So that’s nice! Go become a patron of your local library. Free books guys. Free. Books. Enjoy!