I was getting to the bottom of my reading pile so I thought I'd better do something about it. Just recently, I've discovered how easy it is to reserve a library book online. I had to go into the library first so that I could obtain a pin number but once that was sorted out I could search the catalogues, choose which books I'd like to read and then reserve them, all from the comfort of my living room. If the book you're wanting is only available in another library, they'll transfer it to your library of choice and send an email when it's arrived so that you can collect it from there.
I'd requested that a copy of Alexander McCall Smith's latest installment in the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series be placed on hold for me and whilst I was collecting it I had a quick look on the bookshelves and came home with a second book. The blurb sounded interesting so we'll see what I make of it.
Charity shops are great places to pick up second hand books, but there's charity book stands in quite a few shops now too where customers leave books for other customers to take if they leave a small monetary donation for charity. I picked up a few books from these charity shelves in Tesco and one from our local chemist's shop too.
I'm looking forward to reading The Woolworths Girls. My mum was a Woolworths Girl, she worked on the pick and mix counter and met my dad when he was working there as a French polisher when the store was being refurbished. She played hard to get but my dad was persistent and she eventually went on a date with him, nine months later they were married.
So, I'm restocked with my books and I've got plenty to go at. Hmmm, what to read next.
I don't have so much reading time, I'm busy with knitting needles, but the weather is keeping us inside for crafting and relaxing.ReplyDelete
I've picked up a few good books from the charity shelves as well as donating. A local village has refurbished their old red telephone box into a mini library and it seems to work well with a lot of the community donating books to keep a good flow of books going through. That's a lovely story about your mum and dad Jo and will be one for your kids to pass on when they have their own children.ReplyDelete
What a good idea to be able to browse and order your books on line. I too worked in Woolworths, Saturdays and holidays, I started on the sweet counter and pick n mix too. Adding everything up in your head and trying to spread your fingers over the manual cash register. Funny enough, Chris worked in a shop a few doors away and we used to meet up. I was then a supervisor and remember the installation of the new tills with automatic change. Much preferred the sweet counter xcxReplyDelete
My internet has been playing up again with the wifi going on and off, but I'm grateful for the facility as it's a great help for online services such as doing a food shop when we can't get out, finding information etc. I also use it to reserve books at the library and get an email when one is ready to pick up. Thank you for the tip about doing family history research on line and looking for the newspaper article that I shared on my last blog post. I hadn't thought of that. You have some interesting books to read. You'll particularly enjoy The Woolworths Girl. Also The View from the Corner Shop looks like another good read.ReplyDelete
We read the Girl in the Red Coat as a book group choice a few years ago, while I generally love a good crime novel I actually just found this disturbing. However, the person that choose the book loved it. xReplyDelete
We do have such a choice as to where we can get our books from.ReplyDelete
I think libraries are wonderful, but often use charity shops too.
Growing up, I can remember visiting our local Woolworths and the pick a mix counters …
Enjoy your reading.
All the best Jan
We order on line and then they deliver them to us on the next available library bus. A great service for the many who are unable to get into town.ReplyDelete
We have a similar system in our libraries here with reserving books, but only for your state. I suppose Oz is too large to be sending books across gret distances for borrowing. Do you have borrowbox? I understand, it is where you can read a book or magazine on-line. I loved hearing about your parent's meeting & courtship. Lovely.. The Woolworth's Girls sounds good & even though we have Woolworths too, it's always been a grocery/supermarket. Take care & huggles.ReplyDelete
I've never looked into Borrowbox.Delete
Yes, our library system reserves books for us too. Do it on line... Find out when one of the books is available, on line too. They do film also.ReplyDelete
We had a Woolworth's store here, as well. It was what we used to call "A 5 and dime" store. You could buy so many items, for very reasonable prices. Wondering if the same company, had stores, in the UK and in the USA? Should look this up!
I love being able to get books from my local library online, especially in the winter months. I love picking books up at yard sales and thrift stores too.ReplyDelete
Most of my library books are reserved online nowadays. As you say charity shops bookshelves are always worth a browse. Happy reading. xxReplyDelete
Woolworths pick and mix, - I remember that!ReplyDelete
I love being able to request library books online, I have been doing it for a number of years for the children. I can second borrow box I use it a bit although it depends whether you like reading books on a device or whether you prefer the real thing. I use it when I go away as it means I don't need to take bag of books with me. Happy Reading!
LOL- I have a pile about 2' high of 'books I must read'...and have 2 or 3 going at any one time...a 'car book', a house book and a bedroom book. lolReplyDelete
I love using the library where I can place things on hold and then just pick them up. xo Diana
I did not know McCall Smith had another book out! Thanks for the info. Happy reading!💖ReplyDelete
Libraries are super easy now everything is online. You have an interesting collection there.xxxReplyDelete
What a lovely glimpse into a world gone by, those were the days. You're all set if the weather gets bad too. Happy reading.ReplyDelete
I'll be interested to see what you think to Harold Fry, there is also a sequel to it if you enjoy it,ReplyDelete
I used to use the library ordering online all the time, until they changed their system, no it's not so user friendly. We were given The Girl In The Red Coat to read at book club before it was released, I remember it being a rather strange book, i'll be interested to hear what you think. I loved Harold Fry, I've noticed a sequel too but haven't read it yet. Plently to keep you going, enjoy :-)ReplyDelete