I love libraries.
That’s partly because I love books, of course. But there’s more to it than that.
Libraries are so wonderful about doing things for their patrons. These days, in a large library system like we have in
you can order a huge number of books from the branches that aren’t close to
yours and they’ll show up at the ones that are your neighbors. That’s how I do so much of my research that I
can’t find online or in person--through books.
I do go out and buy some that I particularly like, but it’s fun to get
to check them out of the library first and check out their contents! Los Angeles
Plus, so many of libraries give programs for their patrons. That’s another reason for my love of libraries. Lots keep inviting me to talk about writing and my books, sometimes by myself and sometimes on panels with other authors.
For example, last week I gave a talk on how to write cozy mysteries at a branch of the Burbank Library. Next weekend, I’ll be on a panel of romance authors at the Downey Library on Saturday, and will be on a panel with other mystery authors at the El Segundo Library on Sunday.
Do I, as an author, feel any sense of irritation that people can borrow my books without paying for them? Heck, no. I’m just glad when they’re available for people to read. After all, even people who buy my books might lend them to friends or family, or even resell them as used. No, I don’t make any additional money that way--but I might get a new fan or two. And besides, to be lending my books out, the library has to have bought a copy or two.
How about you--what’s your opinion of libraries?