For my final book week post I’ve teamed up with Fable & Black to celebrate my love of libraries. I know yesterday was Bookshop Day but I’ve totally fallen for my local library in the last few months – and so has Jenson.
Don’t get me wrong, I love buying books. I pre-order the latest releases from my favourite authors, I go weak at the knees over any cover designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, and I stand by the claim that you can’t beat a bookish gift.
Growing up I was the kid who loved regularly heading to my local library and taking out my maximum allowance of books. I played libraries at home (I really need one of these kits!) and Belle was always my favourite Disney princess because of the library the Beast gave her. I want one!
I don’t think it does writers a disservice to use a library and, fortunately, they agree:
“[D]on’t ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read…” ― Neil Gaiman [source]
“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man” ― T.S. Eliot [source]
I think anything that encourages people to read is a good thing. Many libraries now host baby and toddler groups, encouraging readers at a young age. With a mum like me, Jenson was always going to grow up surrounded by books and a few months ago we hit the age where he asks for a bedtime story (or four!).
My dad always read with me and my brother when we were younger, complete with voices and funny noises. Now, I’m no master storyteller, so I love that Jenson always asks to snuggle down under the duvet with me for a story – even if it is the same one night after night.
Fable & Black is an awesome site for literary merch and gifts, including pin badges, prints, tote bags, stickers and more. What I particularly love about their products is that there’s not just the typical literary quotes but also slogans simply celebrating the love of books, including my own fondness of libraries. Their totes are perfect for our trips, especially as we inevitably come out with our arms full of books.
Want to be in with a chance of winning your own Fable & Black library tote bag* and book club pin*? Just complete the Gleam entries below by midnight Tuesday 16 October. A winner will be selected at random and contacted directly. If there is no response within a week, a new winner will be selected. UK entries only.
Do you regularly visit your own local library?
*I was sent these items for review purposes and all nerdy thoughts are my own