Just went online and changed all my public library holds so they expire on July 31st.
I almost cried. This feels like pre-arranging a death.
Rebirth! Rebirth! Must focus on being reborn in a new and better place… though it’s hard to imagine a universe where I will not need a constant supply of shiny, happy library books.
The truth, however, is that more and more of my books have been coming from places other than the shelves of the library. I still need a few hard-copy books for Shabbos and Yom Tov reading, but my Blackberry Playbook is a great ebook reader (I had a kobo touch before that, but with no backlighting, it was next to useless). I can still get free ebooks from the library, and there are other ways to obtain reading material that don’t depend on living walking-distance from a great English-language library branch.
So this is a good time to be leaving, technologically – it’s probably never been easier to get English-language reading materials in Israel.
Still. It’s a bittersweet feeling – mostly bitter. Some of the books on my list, I know, will not arrive in time.
For one of them, I’m Patron 260 out of 283. There’s no way 259 people can read however-many copies of the book they have in the next 4 months.
I wonder which of the many goodbyes in the next four months is going to be the hardest –?
Well, okay, besides the obvious – the Big Goodbye with our family.