I LOVE my library. I take the kids once a week to load up on books. We go to events and we complete their reading program every summer. I donate money and books and attend fundraisers. I read constantly, but probably only buy about five books a year. They're expensive, take up way too much space in my house, and I'd rather spend money on something else. Instead, I keep up with book release dates and put new titles on hold before my local branch has even ordered them. That way I'm one of the first people on the list. I also download ebooks and borrow DVDs. They have a lot of older movies that are hard to find online. I can't speak highly enough about this amazing community resource. If you don't already do it, you should totally check out the library in your town!
Sometimes though, I get creeped out by reading books touched by so many other people. I immediately wipe down the books with alcohol prep pads (especially the kid books) when we get them home. Every once in a while I come across a page with a water stain or a tear. And sometimes there's something brown or sticky between the pages and I gag a little while trying to read the book without actually touching it.
I've never come across anything like this though. About ten pages into Danielle Fishel's memoir, Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness, I noticed that the patron before me whited out the word ass. A few pages later, the word pissed was covered up. Weird. Technically, those aren't even bad words. I laughed it off and tweeted about it.
But later in the book, when Danielle shared a picture of herself on Halloween one year, I found this:
What? Why?! At first I thought this person was trying to cover up cleavage. But upon further inspection, it looks like they created straps for the dress. I laughed hysterically and showed Jacob. I assumed it was some prude who didn't want this scandalous book with curse words and bare shoulders circulating around town. Jacob thought maybe a mom read it before her daughter and tried to hide what she didn't want her to read. But seriously, what modern day preteen cares about Topanga from Boy Meets World? I kept reading and discovered another whited out ass and a couple bitchys. Again, those aren't even curse words!