How Has Acquiring Books Changed For You During Social Distancing?

May 15, 2020 – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services Coordinator

Hello, all of our wonderful readers and patrons! How is everyone doing? I hope this post finds all of you and your families well. Since the social distancing order was put into place and the library closed, I know a lot of us have been doing some extra reading to pass the time away. I have received quite a few emails and comments about how people are running out of books to read and they can’t wait until we open again. The library does have digital options, our Libby by Overdrive app being our most popular choice, but many people prefer to read physical print books. Some have even expressed that they have had to make trips to The Book Rack to stock up on new reading material. And while I don’t recommend going out during this time if you can help it, shopping local and supporting local businesses is a good option if you have to be out, and some places (like us) now offer drive-thru/curbside service!

When this began, a lot of us started out with large/good sized reading stacks. I had had a reading stack from the library long before social distancing was a thing. But now that we are two months in my stack is getting pretty small. So…how has acquiring reading materials changed for you?

I have turned to online purchasing. Thrift Books has been one of my go to shops. They are an online bookseller. After the first two weeks of social distancing, I bought Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult, five books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and Camilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu all for thirty dollars. I used Amazon to buy The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up and The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

I am also helping homeschool my little sister, and her favorite thing to read is poetry. We were running out of material for her, so, while we were running errands I ran to Barnes and Noble to pick up some new items including Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters by Nikita Gill (also available on Libby as an eAudiobook).

Speaking of Libby…I have also turned to Libby for more reading materials. I know what you are probably thinking, do you need more material? Sounds like you have bought enough to last you a while. That is true. But, sometimes I still want to read what I do not have. I listened to The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski and Mythos by Stephen Fry on Libby.

Last, but certainly not least, the library’s drive-thru is now open for business—Monday through Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm—for holds pickup! You can call the library at (573) 334-5279 or use the online catalog to place holds on items you want to check out. 

So this is how I have been acquiring books. I try to avoid going out unless it is absolutely necessary; any unnecessary places I have been, I try to go while I am out on necessary errands. Stay safe and healthy, wear a mask if you have one, always remember to wash your hands…and come see us at the drive-thru soon!

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