I recently visited a different branch of our library system, only to return to our local one today, to realize that the book choices were a bit disappointing. We spent an hour and a half there, and while I did find some long lost treasures, especially a picture book about dyeing sheep's wool. Aside from that, and a few staple children's classics, I noticed that the local taste for books is, well, at least in my humble opinion.......... hmmmn. what is the word even that I am looking for? gimmicky? corny? okay, granted, I am not a kid anymore, but how many copies of Walter the Farting Dog does the library need to carry? and at the expense of what 'might' be considered real literature.
I went to the library looking for some picture books about squirrels, autumn, and things along those lines. I found one book, which we read last year, and I did like, but that was it. I wanted to make a theme out of it. I realize I have to use the interlibrary loan system to find anything at all. I am also going to start visiting some other local libraries. I have been wanting to do that anyway. I thought it might be a nice experience for the children.
I have resorted to buying books increasingly,. but of course, that gets increasingly expensive! ;-)