#LoveMyLibraryCard Guest Post: For the love of BOOKS by Amanda aka Book Bender

Posted September 22, 2014 by Felicia S in LoveMyLibraryCard / 19 Comments


#LoveMyLibraryCard Guest Post: For the love of BOOKS by Amanda aka Book Bender

Oh, library. How I do love thee? Let me count the ways…

  1. BOOKS.

Errr… that’s kind of obvious, so let’s try this again.

  1. My library has an awesome selection of books, which means…
  2. I can try out books without feeling guilty if I don’t like it because I’m not wasting money
  3. My library card, with registration, is good at any Minnesota public library — MOAR BOOKS
  4. Placing holds is the best thing ever because all the books I want come to me, well… my library
  5. My library has self-checkouts and I can email myself my receipt instead of printing it off
  6. Librarians make the world go ‘round
  7. Libraries let me indulge my historical romance bender without going bankrupt
  8. I can get ebooks and audiobooks at my library, too
  9. Automated notification systems mean I don’t have to remember when my book is due — I just have to remember to check my email
  10. Did I mention the BOOKS?

So here’s the thing about my love for the library. Growing up, I was a huge reader. (I still am, obviously, but that’s not the point.) Except my family didn’t buy books. I don’t really blame them, especially when it came to me, because I go through books fast and I don’t like to reread. We did, however, spend a lot of time in the library.

And by we, I mean me. I’m pretty sure one of my parents was always there with me, but being in the library is like being in my own world. My own world of BOOKS. With seemingly endless possibilities. When I was a kid, I had free rein to wander the shelves and pick whatever book I wanted.

That freedom is priceless. And the library gave me that.

As a teen, I spent a lot of time reading. When I was a junior in high school, I’m quite positive I used to read a book every weekday. All those “trashy” romance novels. They’re glorious. And it got me through a lot of unfun times. The library made it possible.

The library was an integral part of my childhood, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As an adult (*grumble grumble*), I love it just as much. Maybe even more. Because now we have devices like the Kindle (ebooks!) and iPod (audiobooks!) (Let’s not discuss the fact there have always been audiobooks; it’s a relatively new discovery for me), and the library supplies those too.

But the library isn’t always just about books, in whatever format you prefer. It’s about having a quiet place to go to work. Or being able to access the Internet. Or joining one of the various classes they offer. In book blogging, it’s so easy to get caught up in buying books that we forget what a resource the library really is.

We should remember, though. So loving my library is loving everything it’s done for me and my community. And, you know, the books.

Felicia Here: Did you know that Amanda is a Published Author of both Fiction and Non-Fiction? I am going to list her books so you can check them out!

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Here they are (links to goodreads):

  • The Unexpected Gift by Amanda Shofner :When Michael “Coop” Cooper gave up his Gift, he was told it’d be forever. And he accepted it. Years later, the sacrifice doesn’t seem so terrible: he’s learned to survive without it, he’s gained the necessary intel to begin building a Gifted army, and he found the woman he intends to claim for his own.In the middle of their recruitment process, his Gift comes back. Unexpectedly. But rather than celebrating the impossible, Coop’s carefully laid plans are about to come to naught… unless he can find a way to survive and make it right.
  • Elusive Memories by Amanda Shofner:The Northern Alliance Betterment Society, better known as the Hunters, has persecuted the Gifted for years. When Sam Benson is taken and her memory stolen, she certainly isn’t their first victim. But she’s determined to use her family’s influence as memory-bringer elders to make sure she’s one of the last.As soon as she escapes the Hunters’ compound, anyway.Two Hunter guards claim to be working to get Sam free, but only one has her best interests at heart—and holds the key to mounting an offense against the Hunters. With her memory fractured and the Hunters set against her, can she choose the right person to trust?
  • The Blogger’s Mindset by Amanda Shofner:What makes bloggers give up and step away from their blogs?Burnout. Feeling overwhelmed or defeated. Over-committing. Jealousy. Life.Sound familiar? Your blogging experience is shaped by how you approach blogging and how you think about it. The Blogger’s Mindset is about finding your way to the right mindset.Learn how to build your blogging foundation and keep blogging when the blogging gets tough. Determine your why, who, and focus. Get real about your commitment and the nuts and bolts of blogging. Address your brand and evaluate your approach. Check your attitude. Find out what it takes to stick with it.
  • Blog Events by Amanda Shofner:How do you draw your community to your blog while growing your network and establishing your expertise?Blog events.They’re not just for hobby bloggers–they’ll help your business too.And Blog Events provides a framework for setting up your own successful event.You’ll cover why blog events are beneficial to you, how to define your event’s purpose, what to consider when deciding on particulars, tricks for developing an effective marketing plan, how to tackle systems and responsibilities, and how to deal with the wrap-up.

    Blog Events also has a special bonus section, filled with the secrets of a veteran blog event host–from what makes an event successful to tips that’ll help keep your sanity intact. Because you can never be too prepared.

Felicia S
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19 responses to “#LoveMyLibraryCard Guest Post: For the love of BOOKS by Amanda aka Book Bender

    • Thank you so much for doing an awesome guest post! Holds is my favorite feature at the library because it answers to the lazy part of me. They can put together what I want and I just have to walk in, pick it up, and waltz on out. 🙂

  1. Reading all of these library posts makes me want to look into mine, but I’m worried that I’ll be horribly disappointed that my local one won’t have all of the bells & whistles mentioned in this list. I mean, they had a ‘how to use an eReader’ course on their schedule last week. That just screams small town. LOL I’ve been following Amanda now for quite some time, yet never realized that she was a published author! Looks like I have some new pretties to stalk.

    • My library offers an “Introduction to the Internet” course! (Can you imagine?) A lot of their classes are basic, but they also offer classes to help people find jobs. I haven’t used it, but still, it’s an awesome resource to have. You should check out your library! You never know! A lot of libraries do inter-library loans, so it’s entirely possible your librarian can get the book you want, even if the library doesn’t have it. 🙂

  2. YAY LIBRARIES and LIBRARIANS!! I love my librarians. We gush over new books — and I can do so without feeling like a book nerd (which I am. Proudly. But it’s hard when you’re around those evil NonReaders or People Who Don’t Like Books. *makes sign of the cross*).