"I saw that National Library week is coming up in April, and that led to some questions. How often do you use your public library and how do you use it? Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library? Did you go to the library as a child? Do you have any particular memories of the library? Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?"
Oh ... I love the library. They let you take books, like, for free!!! I mean, you have to bring them back, but still ...
When I was a youngster, we had a poky cosy sort of library, with lots of books, but very little space. The children's library was upstairs, where I'd browse while my mother would be downstairs. On one of the landings, I'd stop at the window to see if I could fix her position so I could go straight to where she was.
Now, the public library here is a lot more spacious. It lends books for a month, but I would say we end up going every 2 to 3 weeks. It's kind of our Saturday morning thing, if we go out on a Saturday morning. We start at the library and go from there.
As long as the library has plenty of books, I really don't care about the design of it. Easy to get around would be the top of my list. And no, I don't think the coffee/bookstore has replaced the library. Partly because we don't have one here, and partly because I'd always use the library, no matter what.