I frequent libraries quite often. Whenever my class is using the library computer room at school, of course I have to have a browse for books. My local library is a half-hour walk away, so I don’t go AS often, but maybe every few weeks or so. And I started thinking there might be different types of STRATEGIES for going to a library. I have categorised them as follows.
Looking for new books
There’s usually a “new books” stand at many libraries. Or in my experience, anyway. This strategy is quite brief – you look at the new books, see if there’s one you like. If so, you borrow it. If not, you leave. Either way, you’ve pretty exhausted the existing books and would like some shiny new ones.
Armed with a list of titles/authors
This one’s often my strategy. From OzYAChats or PTA Chats on Twitter, recommendations, reviews I’ve seen, books I personally have wanted to read…I make a list of authors or titles I want to look at, and I go through the list to see which ones the library has. Of course, the problem with this strategy is that the list is often…long.
I make new lists all the time, though. There are always more recommendations for me to check out 🙂
Checking for that ONE BOOK and WHY hasn’t it been returned yet?
At some libraries you could just reserve it, but that costs money at my local library. Sometimes I’ll stalk the shelves looking for that one book that I SWEAR I saw and then someone nabbed it right under my nose. Okay, it doesn’t happen that often to me, since I’m not really a SERIES person, and the books I want to read aren’t as popular as some others, but I know people who do this.
Actually, it has happened to me once. I saw Cress on the new books stand and practically sprinted to get it.
(Why yes I have used this gif before, don’t judge me…it’s relevant)
Basically, you have no idea what you’re looking for, but you know once you SEE something you like, you’ll know. So you wander up and down the aisles hoping something will jump out at you and be awesome. But let’s face it – you really are clueless about what you’re looking for.
Asking for recommendations
Okay, so a lot of us readers are introverts, so it can be difficult to ask a librarian for advice of what to read. And personally…I never have. HOWEVER, I have (on occasion) asked for recommendations from my school teachers, since I know who they are. I mean, most of the books I look for are recommendations from people on the internet, but asking a librarian can – I imagine – be helpful.
(Kitty says “excuse me? Please listen? And that’s exactly how you should ask a librarian for a good book)
Working through the alphabet
I have no idea if anyone actually does this or not. I kind of just made it up. I suppose if you were really methodical, you could maybe start from A and make your way to Z.
Not that I ever would, but I don’t know, that might be your strategy!
Out of these, I’m definitely a list-maker and an aimless browser, depending what kind of day it is (and if I’ve forgotten my list).