I love my city’s public library system. I go to the library at least twice a week for books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines. If not for the public library system, I would be flat broke and my teeny apartment would have nothing but books in it- with no place to sit down or anything.
That said, I don’t love all the patrons of the library. Especially the ones who leave evidence of their hygiene habits (or lack thereof) behind in the books they bring back. I wanted to finish Matt Kaplan’s Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite, as it’s an entertaining and scientific look at where mythological monsters come from, but with the human detritus left behind in that particular copy, I ended up feeling dirty just from touching the book.
So it went back to the library, and I moved on to Alison Weir’s Queen Isabella. So far, the pages are clean, though the historical Queen’s exploits are, shall we say, tempestuous.