Quilting and National Library Week

I have been very busy this week at my part-time job as a Reference Librarian. Before I was a Librarian, I was an HR Manager for two large law firms in Manhattan, which was a great job too. Although I had one graduate degree, I made the decision to go back to school and earn a degree in Information and Library Science. I am a lifelong learner, and I love it. And the library is one of the best places to research, learn and become inspired.

Besides books, I borrow DVD’s, CD Audiobooks to listen to in the car and musical CD’s. I also read magazines and newspapers in the library or on my iPad through the library’s digital resources. 

And it’s all FREE. Your tax dollars pay for this amazing resource and these borrowing privileges. Your public library offers free programs too. Chances are if you are the teaching type of quilter or sewer, you might be able to offer your library programs in hand sewing, embroidery, knitting and crocheting, while earning a fee, and increasing your visibility. 

This week is National Library Week. Yes, there are “unlimited possibilities” at your local public library. Last week and this week, I visited four out of the thirty-eight libraries in our consortium. I looked to see just how many quilting books I would find. Many. And I mean many. In one of them I found four very large shelves, packed with quilting books.

And this photo shows about half of one shelf.

Often I check out a quilting book, before I buy it. If I decide to buy it, I know it will become part of my permanent quilting reference library, and it’s money well spent.

I have also found undiscovered treasures, not just in the quilting and crafts sections, but others too. Have you ever looked for a specific book at the library and it’s not owned by any library in the consortium? You can ask your library for and ILL.

Many of you may know this, but if not, most libraries offer an Inter Library Loan service; an ILL.Your library can put a request out, and possibly borrow it from another library in the U.S. This is a great service, especially when trying to find very old books.

So to celebrate National Library Week, tell me what your favorite book is, or the last book you finished, and why you liked it. My favorite is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It’s told in letters. Very difficult to write a great and memorable book using that technique. And do you prefer reading a book or do you prefer reading on a device or computer?

Happy Quilting and have a great weekend.