The reason I will never give up on the physical space of libraries and bookstores is that there is magic to be had in browsing the shelves: finding books you've always wanted to read, discovering new-to-you authors, trying a genre out of your comfort zone. All of those experiences are available to you because you can pick up books, flip through the pages, ask a clerk/librarian for recommendations, and just take your time to explore.
This week I was back at the Arlington Central Library for a meeting so I spent some time browsing the shelves. Here are a few books I checked out just because they looked interesting:
- At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin (Children's Picture Book)
- Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School by Lesley Schwartz Martin (Young Adult Nonfiction: Education, Methods of Instruction and Study)
- Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations by Dan Roam (Nonfiction: Executive Management, Oral Communication)
- Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy by Dr. Pat Morris with Joanna Ebenstein (Nonfiction: Zoology, Preserving Zoological Specimens)