Finer Things Friday: The Library

This child has become Independent Reader Extraordinaire in the last several months.  During quiet time.  Scrunched up by her window at night until there is no summer light left.  In her dress-up clothes.  It matters not, the when or where… she just needs a book in hand at. all. times.

Last week we had reason to make a rare day trip to the city for appointments and errands.  A visit to Borders to redeem her completed Double Dog Dare sheet for a brand new FREE book was in order.  Exciting, right?  A large book store would be paradise to a tiny town girl who has mostly read books only from her tiny town library, right?


“So you’re telling me you have to pay money for these books?”

Sure do.

“What do you do when you’re done reading them?  You can’t bring them back and get new ones?”

Pretty much.  {She wrinkles her nose and raises a skeptical eyebrow.}

“THAT doesn’t seem fair.  I like the library better.

That’s my girl!  Practical talk from my frugal, tiny town reader is a Finer Thing.  🙂

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*** And just so you know, I have no issues with buying books.  I just prefer to buy them at garage sales or second hand stores when possible.  😉  And the Double Dog Dare program?  Awesome!  I’m not compensated to say that, I just think everyone should take advantage of that great offer!***

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  1. Precious. Especially with the dress and shoes. 🙂 Not sure what her reading level is yet, but may I recommend the Grandma’s Attic series? Very sweet stories.

  2. I love it! We are so bad about returning our library books, so we end up paying for them anyway. Argh!

    I’m so glad your daughter prefers the library, though. It must save you a fortune!

  3. Oh that is too funny! I’m with her though. When we go to a bookstore, I am always shocked that picture books can be $20. I buy them for $0.25, $0.50 or $0.75 at our local Thrift Shop! I know my littles would much rather have lots to read and exchange frequently (Library or Thrift) too.

  4. So sweet! My little girl is a reader, too and I just love to see her delighting in books!

  5. I can just picture that conversation! 🙂 I bet that made your mama-heart proud. It amazes me when people don’t take advantage of libraries… we {heart} ours!!!

    • It just cracked me up! Here we were in this huge, fancy-schmancy store and all she wanted was her little library. 🙂

  6. That’s awesome that your daughter feels that way. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: Good job, Mom! =)

  7. That’s exactly how I feel at the bookstore! 🙂 We love our library!

  8. I LOVE her heels :hehe: So cute. I love her thinking! 🙂

  9. I can’t tell you the last time my kids were in a book store. I forgot all about the Borders promotion. My kids love our libraries too. We have 2 really good ones very near to us, so we take advantage of their different programs.

    Thanks for the carnival.

  10. Oh, I love it! My 9 year old loves the library, too. The only reason he would like to get a bookstore (and there’s not one close to us) is that he wants to read books that our library doesn’t have. Your little girl’s attitude was just precious. I could almost picture it, and I don’t even know her.

    • @Jane Anne, Does you library have an inter-library loan system? If we know the book we want and it’s not at our little library, our librarian “orders” it from another library. Works beautifully. You might check in to that. 🙂

  11. I love the mind of a child:-)

  12. Fun party!!! Glad I found it. I am going to add it to my Linky Love Library page on my blog so that others can find it too! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  13. The apartment where we live is a ten minute walk from our library. It’s not conveniently located near anything else, but I feel like we were guided to live here JUST for that one reason. My kids LOVE going to the library. We’re there twice a week on average.

  14. I’m with you on this one!!! I love the library! You can read so many books, and if you find one you really like, then you can buy it!! This certainly is a finer thing! (Another finer thing related to this is going to the library and using their free wi-fi with a nice cup of coffee! So much fun! 🙂 Have a great day!

  15. I love this!! As a librarian in another Kansas tiny town, this was a real day brightener.

  16. We absolutely LOVE our library! It is awesome!! 😀 They have had almost every single book we have wanted to read.

  17. love the library better as well so many books to choose from to borrow and bring back for free

  18. a girl after my own heart. love this!

  19. You know, she’s absolutely right … and I completely agree with her. I can’t imagine not having our library.

  20. From the mouths of babes…. I LOVE IT! 🙂 Good job with this one Mama!


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