Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm Reading Too Much

I can't believe it's been ten days since my last post. I'm such a slacker.

In my defense, we have been having fabulous weather the last couple of weeks and we have been outside enjoying every minute of it. Come mid-May, it will be so hot that we'll be spending most of our time indoors with the air conditioner set on full blast a practical, yet comfortable temperature.

(Insert your own segue here; I'm too lazy to think of one.)

So I had the weirdest thing happen the other day. I'm a reader. Not just any kind of reader. I'm a cheap reader. I love to read books, but I don't want to spend money on them when I know I'm not the kind of person who will reread them. I'm a huge fan of the library and as a member of two book clubs, I'm there a lot. Most of the time, I reserve the books I want online and then go pick them up when they're ready. But when I went to reserve one of my clubs' latest selections, I got the following message:

"This item may not be requested. You have exceeded the maximum number of items that may reserved at your current card level."

Huh? My "current card level"? What does that mean? I don't have clearance for certain books? How do I get to a higher level? I don't have to bite the head off of a chicken or anything, do I?

And a "maximum number of items"? Are they telling me that I read too much? I'm sure my family would answer that one in the affirmative ("Mommy, how can you read and cook at the same time?"), but I never thought the library would tell me such a thing.

So the boys and I made our weekly trip to the library today so that I could whine and plead ask the staff what the heck was going on. It turns out that they are updating their software and are denying all hold requests until early May until they get it all straightened out.

Whew! For a minute there, I thought I was going to have to actually go spend money on some books.

But now I have to figure out how to get my latest book club selection. I guess I'll actually have to look through the shelves and find it myself.

I hope I remember how to do that. :)


  1. I live across the street from the library so I'm there all the time; I would die if I thought they were limiting my books. There's a lot of things you can do while you read; not just cook.

  2. Ha, ha, this was a funny entry. Wishing you the best luck... Like you, I request books online from the library, and I don't think I remember how to find a book the traditional way. :-)


  3. This is hilarious Jana!! I have been bouncing between two books for a while now but neither one is grabbing me. I need to find something else I guess. By the way I will hopefully mail you that book this week. Happy Reading!!

  4. That is soo funny! I was reading while cooking supper last night. ;) I go in spurts though. Sometimes I read all the time. Then other times it's a while before I pick up a book. I've been reading a lot lately. I'm pretty lucky that my mom buys lots of books. She passes them to me. And it works out well that she reads a bit faster than me, so she finishes them quickly then I always have a stack of them waiting. But when I run out of those, the library is my friend.