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    today at the library...

    i spent about 4 hours waiting for my car to be fixed. i read through the kaleidoscope book and decided i probably won't ever make one of those quilts which made me a bit sad because her snow flakes are truly amazing.

    i just can't do that kind of fussy work, and given that the best candidates for those patterns are william morris and friends, often by liberty and the waste must be heinous i think i'll enjoy other people's handwork on those ones. the drafting and precision required tipped to tedious even in the reading though, and that's just not for me.

    i glossed a couple of scrap quilt idea books, a handquilting how to or two and finally checked out a book about rennie macintosh and embroidery, the seminal gee's bend quilt book and jinny beyer's first book about handstitching.

    it was wonderful. support your libraries by using them. and if you already do, i and my daughter thank you deeply because it's a gift that cannot be taken for granted, having such gorgeous books on shelves, sheltered from rain and cold, welcoming us one and all.

    aileen

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    Yes, I completely agree. Libraries are a glorious thing. And it is free. I so miss the libraries!

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    I'm sure the staff at your libraries would be very happy to receive your compliments, too. I worked many years in a library, and it's always nice to know how much people appreciate the books and other items that have been selected for patrons. It is not an easy job of selecting materials or to keep programs running, and the staff is there to provide those things for you, so a compliment--or a recommendation or constructive criticism--should be welcome. Oops, I'll get off my soapbox now.....

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    I love libraries too. In fact I used to work in the book trade, sourcing titles for our State Library Service....I was most fortunate being able to find paid work in an industry I am passionate about. I visit our library weekly....It is such an inviting and peaceful place, and the resources are fantastic.

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    I love my local library. I can peruse the catalog of books on line, put a book and hold and wait for an email telling me it's ready to pick up at the branch of my choice. Great service.

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    I was at our local library yesterday and found out they are starting a new program today where children can read to a specially trained dog. I love this! What a great way for any child (but especially a shy child) to have fun and improve their reading. I am a former reading teacher so I was glad to see this.
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    The library is just like a big candy store to me! I love books and I love to read.

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    I love the library, too. While living in NJ I was on the board of my local library and I loved being part of that group. Now in Illinois, I am in a group called "Friends of the Library" and this group does a lot of volunteer work for the library. We have an annual book sale..books are donated from people in our area all year long. We sort them and then have a large sale..we usually make several thousand dollars which is used for different things at the library. Some of the things we have sponsored are summer reading programs for children and adults (if the children read the required number of books they received a star for their yard..they loved it), subscribed to Wall St. Journal for the library, subscribed to E-books, subscribed for the license to show movies at the library, paid for programs of interest which are available to the public, and we are available to help the librarians as needed. It is definitely a worthwhile group. You might want to check to see if there is a group like that at your local library. We only meet once a month but we are around to help a lot. Currently, we are beginning to work on our 100 year anniversary and we are scanning the archives for any and all publicity. It is amazing what a few can accomplish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    The library is just like a big candy store to me! I love books and I love to read.
    My DH used to be amazed that I could completely lose track of time in the library, but accepts that as a "given" now.

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    Let's all show our appreciation for our libraries next time we are there!

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    ah, I love the library too......my tax dollars doing wonderful things.......our little town will be having a referendum Tues., in hopes of building a new facility.......we will see how that comes out.........my only concern is the fact that the computers in the library can access any website......at least that is what I understand.....freedom of information or some such thing........hopefully I am wrong....

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    We used to buy several books a week at Costco. Finally we realized we were spending a fortune on books! Now we frequent the library instead. We even sold/gave away the hoard of books we had accumulated, so now there's lots of room on the shelves... but the quilt books are taking over those shelves! I do attempt to preview quilt books at the public library, or at a guild library, but if they're too full of "good stuff" I have to have my own copy.

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    If your local llibrary doesn't have something, remember to try InterLibrary Loan. I use this for access to the expensive reference books.

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    I never thought of my local library having books on quilting til a salesperson mentioned it. I have found wonderful books at the library, new and old. It's like a pirate's treasure chest to me to have found this source.
    margaret

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    Quote Originally Posted by margee View Post
    I never thought of my local library having books on quilting til a salesperson mentioned it. I have found wonderful books at the library, new and old. It's like a pirate's treasure chest to me to have found this source.
    margaret
    I was living in a small-ish city before we moved. But the library is wonderful. It has 4 full racks of quilting books!!!! I read so many books I would never have known if not for the library, eg the Gee's Bend book.

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    Our local library has hundreds of quilting books. I know several of our guild members donate their quilt books when they no longer want them.

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    The library is our favorite place to go since retiring. We go every week. My husband reads a book or two each week. I do more sewing, but I like to read too. I check out the quilt books, then buy them from Amazon if I like them enough.

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    I go the library all the time. At my local one, they keep track of inquiries at the help desk. So I ask questions just to keep their count up. If we don't use them, their funds get cut. The computers are always in use by patrons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting View Post
    I was at our local library yesterday and found out they are starting a new program today where children can read to a specially trained dog. I love this! What a great way for any child (but especially a shy child) to have fun and improve their reading. I am a former reading teacher so I was glad to see this.
    My best friend is an owner and trainer of one of these "reading" dogs. He is so fantastic. Huge dog...and ever so gentle. His name is Cannon and he is half yellow lab and half St. Bernard. He is a hit with the kids. She also has a Labradoodle who teaches fire safety.

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    I love the library! Our library even loans out Nooks, (electronic readers). I enjoyed trying it, but I love the feel of a real book in my hands.
    "Be brave enough to be who you really are.

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    I love libraries. Take advantage our ours, painting class, free color copies, trips for pennies on the dollar, get lunch at the cafe, eat in front of the fireplace,listen to concerts, all the computer services, die cutting machines, dvd, cds, fishing poles, bicycles, paintings, book club parties, nooks. Oh ...sooo much. I NEVeR buy books or mags, ill spend money on fab first.
    I love the big tables for basting quilts too. Even swap plant cutting days.

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    Oh, six yrs ago took class on hand painting wineglasses
    You got the lesson and four glasses for $5.
    Made my own wedding favors.
    And...she even gave me a brush to take home to do thwm with.

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    Some of my favorite quilting books I first discovered at the library. After I'd checked them out a gazillion times I decided it was time to buy my own copies, cheap, used, on Amazon or ebay. The local library where we used to live had an awesome array of books on sewing, quilting, needlecraft of every sort. The one near where I live now doesn't have nearly as many, but I bet I've checked out every quilting book they have at least once.
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    If I am considering a book purchase I check it out at my library first. Saved me lots of money and I have a quilt library that I love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    I love my local library. I can peruse the catalog of books on line, put a book and hold and wait for an email telling me it's ready to pick up at the branch of my choice. Great service.
    I do the same thing and then sometimes I really luck out, because our library sells used library books, cds, tapes, dvds for 50 cents each. I am an avid audiobook listener, especially when I am sewing. And I have a veritable library right here at home that I either give the books to friends or donate them so other people can read them. However, selfish little bugger that I am, if the book is exceptionally good, I keep it and listen to it again and again. Never get tired of listening to a good book.

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