Old school brick, modern shiny glass, loans and returns

I took a trip to the public library in my Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood this week.

My neighborhood branch of the Onondaga County Public Library system.

My neighborhood branch of the Onondaga County Public Library system.

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.

That's the library across the court.

That’s the library across the court.

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.

Read it and weep.

Read it and weep.

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?

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57 thoughts on “Old school brick, modern shiny glass, loans and returns

  1. I’ve been reading myself lately, lol! Workin on that NaNo from last year.
    I may not read much fiction at all in November, and I’m okay with that. I read at least 3 books a week the rest of the year.
    We have borrowed DVD’s before, but not often. I wanna say it’s like a 3-day thing at our library.

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  2. Hi Mark. I haven’t been to the library lately, still have a stack of books I have started and not finished. I have about 3 books I am presently reading, most of them on are on Aboriginal culture. I did want to see “The Hundred Foot Journey”. Thanks for reminding me about it!!!!

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  3. I get my books and movies from the mobile library bro Mark. It comes every other Tuesday, and I can keep them for a month, with automatic recheck if I forget to take them down the next time they come. YAHOO, indeed.

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  4. I participate in a number of sites that do paid surveys – I get points for each survey I completed, and then I turn those points into Amazon gift certificates. That’s how I keep myself in paperback novels. I tend to like murder mysteries, suspense and horror (ala Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Bentley LIttle). Sometimes I branch out into drama or humorous fiction, and I’m not above reading one of those cheesy romantic novels if the story line looks interesting. (Of course, I skip over the “hot” parts – not).

    The best part is I always get free shipping and the books come right to my door. When I’m done with them, I pass them on to my mother-in-law who then donates them to the library in her senior apartment complex.

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  5. Right now I’m actually reading Steven Adler’s (Guns N Roses drummer) autobiography. Some juicy stuff although I really don’t think it will end up with the great literary tomes. There are so many authors I love, it’s too hard to name them all and I like to skip around so I don’t read the same one over and over. My library does rent DVDs. I used to get them for my kids when they were younger but they were almost always in terrible condition, barely watchable.

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  6. we can renew books on line or by automated message (maybe not the right phrase) so if I feel really bad about having a book too long at least no librarian is able to make me feel guilty.

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  7. My favorite novelist used to be Maeve Binchy. Unfortunately I’ve been reading her novel Heart and Soul on and off since I received it Christmas 2008. And yes, it is still next to my bed waiting expectantly for me to pick it up and finish it. My favorite book of all time would have to be Stephen king’s IT, but I’m not brave enough to venture into Stephen King territory anymore. Patricia Cornwall is more my style. Nowadays I just read blogs.

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  8. I like Janet Evanovich for a fun series about Stephanie Plum. The first was made into a movie called “One for the Money.” It was a fun movie with Debbie Reynolds as her mother. I like James Patterson and Iris Johansen. I read murder mysteries but joined a farm book club and recommend, “Flight Behavior” with Barbara Kingsolver as the author. It is fictional but monarch migration and two families touched by the butterflies migration to Tennessee. Discussion about how global warming and logging in Mexico has creates a major decrease in butterflies. I am getting ready to read “The Persian Pickle Society.” Had to put a search for copy out in other libraries. I still want to see the 1000 steps movie. It was really well r3ceived. I liked “Wild” and “Still Alice, ” Mark. I have to write a review on the Martian soon. Dad (Felicia, boyfriend and I) would have loved it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Having worked in libraries most of my adult life I love to see what out of town libraries look like. When my kid were younger and we would go out of town they would always tease me by saying ” Mom if you’re good, dad might drive by the library”.

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      • Basically we did the same for new books and our DVDs went out for a week.
        Fresno County has quite a few libraries in the system, so being consistent with policies was a challenge, because some wanted to use their own rules. If patrons were not abusing the system, we did go out of our way to make exceptions on a few things. But I loved it!

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  10. I don’t have a favorite author. I love to go to the library and just browse. I just finished “Reunion of Ghosts” by Judith Claire Mitchell–just discovered it in the new books. I also read Jane Smiley’s “Early Warning,” the second book in a trilogy. I’m glad we can renew online. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    We saw The Hundred Foot Journey” in the theater, and then went out for Indian food. It’s a fun movie.

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  11. You may, or may not, get a kick out of this MBM. But I just bought some Laura Ingalls Wilder books for a couple of little ones in my life. And I thought I would reread them before I gave them to them. I’m glad I am. Makes me very nostalgic.

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  13. Hi, Mark! Nice libraries you have there. We have one main one, and several branches, but they are all pretty far from us. I’ve had 2 books I keep re-checking over & over because I can never make it back to turn them in! I used to go all the time, but mostly get books from special used book sales. So many on my TBR shelves!

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    • Hi, ghotmmnc! It’s not great to have the libraries too far for frequent visits. The brick library pictured, I can walk to from the Little Bitty in 10 minutes, tops. That’s a perk of city neighborhood living. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a too-big TBR list as well, my friend.

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  14. Pretty sure I love to read way more than I enjoy writing!! Loved this post, Mark! It’s been way too long since I’ve been to the library . . . used to be one of my fav places!!

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