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Disappointing Library Visit/ Visita a la Biblioteca Publica

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!  ;-)


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