I’m in mourning. Due to this horrible virus, the Vancouver Public Library closed all its branches for unspecified time. I know I should be concerned about sick people around the world, the ones at risk, the ones dying, about my own health, but all I can think about: how will I survive without new books to read? For a month? For two months?
Of course, I have some books I bought and haven’t read yet at home and many old favorites I own, but for how long would they last? Maybe a month: I read pretty fast. My average is 2 days per a novel. My local library has been my guilty pleasure for years. I reserve new books all the time. And old books I haven’t read yet. I get books there from all the branches of the Vancouver library and from all the provincial libraries too through the inter-library loans. So many books came my way from the library. So much joy. And now, it’s been denied me because of the damned virus. I’m in mourning.