I dropped by the library last weekend and then I found out that my membership has expired. I hadn’t even realized that a whole year has passed since I signed up for the Singapore Public Library. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you’re aware that I was pretty excited to have access to a good public library because we don’t have that back home in the Philippines. In my excitement, I kept borrowing books that I didn’t have time to read – even with an extended due date. I kept doing it anyway because it felt therapeutic just to visit the library on a weekly basis, browse through the shelves and see which titles would stand out. I borrowed A LOT OF BOOKS but I kept track of the ones that I managed to read on my Goodreads shelves and here they are:
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse
Amplified by Tara Kelly
My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Fury by Shirley Marr
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Wow, I’m a little surprised that I was able to read only eight books in the span of a year. Although maybe that shouldn’t be so surprising because I have my own collection as well, books that I’ve bought or received as gifts. Plus there are times when I would receive galleys too. I guess I’m used to having books as my personal property, meaning I could read them whenever I wanted, instead of being more aware of due dates so I never prioritized library books. That and I didn’t want to feel pressured to read anything that I wasn’t in the mood for.
I think it was a great experience that I signed up to become a member of the library, even though the membership fee wasn’t that cheap at SGD 50 for foreigners. I’m also delighted that I see so many Singaporeans making the most out of the libraries – I see a lot of people reading library books in the MRT and the library is always packed on weekends, with kids running around to grab books. The Twitter and Instagram accounts of the Singapore Public Library are both updated regularly and it was fun to interact with the people handling those social media sites. I just wish the library had ebook titles that I could borrow since it’s a lot easier for me to read on my Kindle while on the go. I feel like I would have been able to take advantage of my membership more if I could borrow ebooks. I wouldn’t mind signing up again but I’ll probably wait until there are specific titles that I want to borrow. In the meantime, I should concentrate on my TBR pile.
I know a lot of you have access to good public libraries (some of you are even librarians – lucky people), I would like to hear what your own library experiences are.