January 4th, 2010
How do you indulge yourself? According to Dictionary.com, indulge means “to yield to, satisfy, or gratify.” Too often we focus on our family and job to the point that we don’t take time for ourselves. Add in the economic constraints we’re all facing, and there’s even less opportunity for indulgence.
Have you ever thought of the library as a place of indulgence? Some people only think of the library when they need information; but think about it – we have best sellers, popular movies and TV series on DVD, music and magazines. Why buy or rent when you have free access at the library? Add in the service of placing holds on materials you want and being able to pick them up quickly at the circulation desk (or even the drive-thru at the Perryville branch), and you have quick and easy access that you can easily incorporate into your weekly errand running.
Not sure what you’d like to read, watch or hear next? Talk to our librarians at the information desk and they can hook you up with services like Book Mate and Interlibrary Loans, as well as offering recommendations for great reads on the spot. If you’re more hands on, you can use our databases and find things yourself or download to your computer or MP3 player from our digital library.
My favorite indulgence is reading bodice-ripper romance novels, leaning heavily toward the paranormal and historical (handsome, arrogant English lords and brawling Scottish Highlanders, oh my!) with a smattering of stories that focus on ex-special forces heroes – I do like those alpha-males! The selection we have here allows me to indulge frequently and heavily. I love to curl up on the couch with a book and have a nice glass of wine, maybe some dark chocolate or cheese, and let the movie play out in my head. This works equally well with mysteries and cookbooks.
So now that I’ve shared my not-so-secret indulgences, what are yours? Bodice-rippers like me, true crime, cozy mysteries, sci-fi, westerns, celebrity gossip magazines – what’s your favorite indulgence?