Last Friday, I was invited by a friend to a closed-door, member-only, one day library used books sale at the expo. This was the first time I went to this kind of book sale. The large hall was filled with all sort of books but only few people were there. It felt strange and excited at the same time. Strange because there were no usual crowd there and excited as all those books are ours to pick at our leisure time. No one would try to snatch the books from your hands or tried to squeeze you out of where you were standing.
It is amazing to know there are so many public libraries all over the island, 21 branches to be exact and one big national library in central town. My family and I love books. We love to read all sorts of books. We usually buy books but they are very costly here. It usually costs around USD 15 or more for the thin few pages painting books that I love to buy. Sometime, instead of buying, we would just head to a library and borrow from there.
Borrowing and owning the books are different. There are books that I would love to own; to read them at our leisure time, to take them out and feel them in our hands or to just flip those pages for no reason. I also like the freshness of new books, they smell good too.
Anyway, back to the expo hall entrance, we were given a basket and were advised by a library staff that those magazines on the display carts are free to take as many as we want. By having this sale, the libraries are recycling and extending the life of those books and magazines. At the end of the day, this kind of book sale is hunting delight for all book lovers and the best of all, each book costs only one SGD or 75 cents US. Who can resist such bargain 🙂 After long hours of scurrying around and choosing, with a big smile on our faces tiredly we all went home. All of us can’t wait to start reading those many books that we hauled home.