It’s getting close to summer, and you know what that means… going to the beach! I personally hate the beach, I burn like crazy and I’m not a fan of ocean water, but as far as I know, the majority of people like going to the beach. When going to the beach, some people like to bring a book to read. I don’t blame them, there’s not much else to do but swim in that gross ocean water. Plus, it does seem relaxing… as long as you don’t have a bunch of kids to be looking after.
However, there is an issue when it comes to bringing books to the beach, and that’s possible damage or grittiness that happens after bringing a book there. I’m not putting down anyone who does bring books to the beach, and it’s especially fine if it’s your own book. The issue is when people bring library books to the beach and are not careful with them. Plenty of books come back to the library with water damage, which can happen anywhere, really.
My personal issue is when they come back with sand all up in the plastic covering of a book. It makes the entire book feel gritty, inside and out, and it just never really comes out. It makes me hyper-aware of the fact that the book is a library book and other people have touched this book and I have no idea where they’ve been (in this case, to the beach).
I know this isn’t the case for all people who bring their books to the beach, and most book people are careful (especially with library books) but there are some people who just don’t care because the book isn’t theirs and it’s free to read. All I’m saying with this post is that, should you decide to bring a library book to the beach, please take some extra care and keep the ding-dang sand out of it.