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Chester County Library. I'm like a kid in a candy store!


If you know me, you know I love to read.  I've been reading everything I can get my hands on since the first grade!  I have so many books that I have run out of room to store them.  With on-line book buying made so easy, and a great "bring and take" area in my gym, I haven't had to go to the library in quite some time.  

Last week my best friend asked me if I felt like taking a ride to one of the nicest libraries in the area, The Chester County Library in Exton.  When we arrived I felt that old excitement; all these books and I could read whatever I wanted.  I took 3 books home and started right in.  I quickly discovered that one of the books was one I had already read so I moved on to the next one!  This is the beauty of the library.  I don't need to rely on my spaghetti strainer of a brain and if I accidentally take home a book I've read, no big deal!  I can take it right back and start over.  I also have the luxury of not finishing a book if I don't like it.  I can count on one hand how many times I didn't finish a book, but for me, a good life is having choices.  When you shell out $20 for a book, you'll finish it whether it's good or not.  With the free library, you can choose!

Today was a nice lazy day for me.  I had set it aside with no appointments because my son Max was in a soccer tournament and if he kept winning; I wanted to be at all of the games.  Sadly, for his team, they lost yesterday so here I am today, with time on my hands.  There's great stuff happening in the area like Super Sunday in West Chester and an Italian Food Festival at Rose Tree Park, but I am in the mood to get lost in a book, so I headed over to the library.

My eyes, as usual, were bigger than my arms and I came home with 7 books.  I can't adequately describe the feeling and if you are a reader, maybe I don't have to.  To know that I can take as many books as I want and keep them for 3 weeks is like a small miracle to me.  I feel like a little kid in a candy store at the library and I always have.  There are some things that are so special they never get old.  The library is one of them.  I use my son Michael's library card because I have no idea where my card is.  Mike's card is from when he was a small boy and is a little the worse for wear.  The librarian offered to replace it.  He printed his name on the back of it in his little boy printing and for me, it's irreplaceable.  Like the world of books.

There are many branches of the Chester County Library.  Click here to find one near you.  

I hope you enjoyed your Sunday as much as I did.

Statue at The Chester County LIbrary in Exton




Susan C. Mangigian

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Comment balloon 15 commentsSusan Mangigian • June 05 2011 05:27PM


Seven books Susan - you are quite the reader. I need to go SOMETIME as I haven't been in years but keep buying all the books weekly in Barnes and Noble. The library has a different feel for it and other than membership it is free. Yours sounds like a great place to hang out (in the air conditioning). Hope that home front cooling problem gets taken care of sometime soon with the selected contractor.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

I already started one Gary and I am on my way outside to read by the pool!


Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 9 years ago


I fear that libraries may soon become a thing of the past. As the Internet amasses more and more information, fewer people see the library as the valuable resource that it is.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 9 years ago

Richard, there wasn't a spot in the lot today.  I was glad to see I wasn't alone.  It would be a shame to see them go.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 9 years ago

Susan, I know exactly what you're talking about. When my boys were little, I used to "escape" to the library on Saturdays, all by myself to just walk as slowly as I wanted, up and down the different aisles, seeing what caught my attention. I'd often come home with 15+ books. Now that we have the internet, I can satisfy much of my "learning thirst" but there's still nothing that can compare to  holding a book in your hand is there?

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) about 9 years ago


I like to read as well. Mostly non-fiction. And I do read a few different books at the same time. It is nice to hear that you enjoy it so!  I was recently given a Kindle. I'm still getting used to it. There is nothing like going to the library though. Enjoy!

Posted by Donna Quinlan, Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago


The local library is the first choice for a lot of people for their reading.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

Colleen, my husband keeps offering to buy me a kindle.  I simply don't want one!  Walking around in the hushed atmosphere of the library and knowing I can have any book I want, I love it!

Donna, I want to hold a book, smell the ink, the whole experience.  Not to mention I am absent minded... you love a kindle, you lose an entire library!

Lou, it would be a shame if libraries became a thing of the past.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 9 years ago

Susan, we are blessed to have such a great library system in Chester County. It's great to be able to (*ONLINE) order up a book from one branch and pick it up at another.  P.S. So sorry you will miss the technology event!!!

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) about 9 years ago

Thanks Janice.  I'm sorry I'll miss it too.  I wasn't able to reschedule the day I already had planned.  It was nice of you guys to think of me! 


Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 9 years ago

You are singing my song! We love our local library too! Every time you check a book out, they show a receipt of what it would cost at a bookstore and it adds up! Our best year was when everyone was at home (before college) and at the end of the year the total was right at $4,000 in savings. Not bad ;-)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Russell, another example of you being my brother from another mother!  I think it's very cool that your library gives you a total of what you saved!  $4,000 is a lot of books!! Wowza!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 9 years ago

Susan, there is love and there is book love.  I also have to admit to hardware love. 

Put me in a library, bookstore or hardware store and I am imagination goes into overdrive.  Your descriptions were perfect.  Pay $20 and you will finish the book, like it or not.  But, you can have an armful of books to peruse for free....heaven.  We have a brand new library connected to the senior center and city hall...we are SOOOOOO lucky.

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 9 years ago

Suzanne, I wish I knew what to do in a hardware store!  Or a craft store!  A total mystery!  But books.  Books, I know!  Open them, put your feet up, and relax!  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 9 years ago


I love Exton library. Go there to attend an occcasional event as well pick up some great books. It has a very knoweledgable and helpful reference library staff that make our jobs some much easier!


Thanks for writing and reminding our chester county residents to take advantage of this knoweldge resource!

Posted by BIPIN CHANDRIANI, All Things Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Preferred) about 2 years ago