I took a trip to the public library in my Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood this week.
The rustic fall feel of the Payne Branch makes me feel so much at home. It’s not too big and certainly not slick. It looks and feels well-lived-in.
Inside, I know where I’ll find the new stuff, and every letter in the alphabet in the fiction racks. There’s a rack set off for the newest arrival. They call these the Rapid Reads. For these, you’re give one week at check-out instead of the usual three. No extensions are allowed because these are the books in heaviest demand.
Unfortunately, my mission this day was to bring back my overdue copy of the latest Philadelphia cop caper from W.E.B. Griffin. I fished into my pocket and handed over a buck as a penalty for my sin. The polite clerk handed me back a quarter, with no look of judgment.
Despite my best intentions and stretching out my borrowing period, no, I did not finish the novel. True confession: I was so busy in the 11 days I had it, I didn’t even start it. If the clerk knew that, I may have received a different glance.
Downtown, some 3 1/2 miles west, was my next destination.
Checking online, I discovered I had to visit the Onondaga County Library branch in The Galleries of Syracuse to obtain the DVD of The Hundred Foot Journey. That’s the feature movie up for viewing in the rotation for the Food-And-Film book I’m working on with fellow blogger Liz Gunderson. Payne’s copies were gone. The library gives you a week on DVD rentals, but I have to look carefully to find which branch has what.
Inside, I took a glance at their fiction shelf and noticed one I hadn’t seen by Stephen King. I’ve got three weeks, and two renewals, too. Yahoo.
What author have you been reading lately, and why? Who’s your favorite novelist, and why? Does your library check out DVDs, and if so, for how long?