I'm in the middle of a rather painful book buying diet and *so so so* many amazing books are coming out. Books by authors I *really* want to support.
I want to read these books.
I really *really* want to read them.
I want to read them because I've heard so much about them. Because I love the women who wrote them. Because I want to tell the whole world how amazing they are and make all my friends read them.
But I can't even seem to check them out of the library.
Not because there's a waiting list, but because no one has them. Not even in audio book. The *entire* county library system does not seem to own a single copy of the Linger audio book. Not one.
That is so sad.
It's also beyond frustrating.
Unfortunately, it seems to be the new normal.
The libraries here can't even afford librarians let alone new books, and the campus library has no "leisure books" to speak of that I would read. They can't afford much in the way of new books either.
I tried to get some audio books to listen to during my ginormous commute through campus inter-library loan (Mockingjay, Linger, and Dark Flame) and was told they were "too new" and to try back in four-six months. Yes. Months! I guess I'm not going to be getting Paranormalcy, Firelight , or several other books that I really want to read through inter-library loan either.
I try to request books to help these titles get bought and am basically told there's no budget to buy any even if a ton of people ask for them.
Will someone please get these libraries some books? Especially YA books?
If I can't find the books I want to check out, and I live in a large city, I can only imagine what it's like for so many other people out there.
How many frustrated readers are out there who *want* to read an author's book and can't because their libraries not only don't have them but can't afford to buy them?
I work at a college...I have a sneaking suspicion that some students may read YA books for fun when not studying. If the library had them, the students would read them. Same for the local public library.
It hurts my heart that so many libraries can't afford books. What is a library without books people want to read?
I understand not being able to buy *every* single new book that comes out. But really.
It all comes down to money.
I guess the libraries don't have money to buy books for the same reason I don't. With the economy the way it is, you can't always buy everything you want.
It still makes me so very, very sad. New books shouldn't be a luxury. Especially for libraries.
Libraries need books. They are libraries. How else will people discover new authors and re-read old favorites? How can people support their favorite authors when they can't afford to buy a copy in the book store if their libraries not only don't carry the book, but can't even afford to buy it if it's been requested by multiple people? How will new generations discover the classics?
Where would I be if there hadn't been a library full of books to discover when I was a teen? (scary thought)
It was thanks to the library that I discovered fantasy and sci-fi, where I spent countless hours in the back of the stacks reading Bradbury, Bradley, and McCaffery. Where I read my very first Steampunk book before I even knew what Steampunk was. Where I discovered authors that had a major impact on my life.
We need libraries.
We need libraries to be open, with knowledgeable librarians, and to have books...lots of books that we want to read...including the classics and new releases.
If someone couldn't find a book in the library and couldn't borrow if from a friend and really wanted to read it...they might be tempted to go online and read it illegally. I personally wouldn't do this, knowing that not only is e-piracy illegal but that it really hurts authors. But people might go to such means if they feel it's their only option, even though it's wrong.
Teens (and all people) need to be able to discover new books and read their favorites. Reading is not an elitist sport. Everyone should be able to read a book if they want to, regardless of whether or not they can afford to go to the bookstore and buy it.
So please, what do we need to do to get these libraries some books?