& a peek to the week ahead
jump bike, jumpbike, jumpbikes, jump bikes in front of the san francisco public library or sfpl on san francisco based lifestyle blog essellesse pronounced sls talks getting your library card
a beautiful library in sf

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get a library card. It’s already made such a difference in my life & above all – it’s free!

I mean, basically a free way to read any and every book whenever you want & then go back and return it when you’re done? Again, it’s taken me FAR too long to appreciate this very obvious fact.

I can’t even begin to tell you just how many books Erik & I purchased over the past few years… and I’d ALWAYS rationalize it with excuses like books are always okay to buy or never too many.

I’m not the biggest e-book person. For things work related (like pdfs), I don’t mind them but when it comes to reading, I want a physical book. I love a good break from the screen time.

Anyways, with my library card, I’m able to check out 50 books at a time!! Right now, I currently have 15 books checked out!

Some of my favourite books are COOKBOOKS & these have been a blast to check out! This may sound weird, but I love to read them from front to back. I also love seeing the photography in them. I can’t even begin to tell you how many cookbooks I’ve bought that were not my taste. This is a PERFECT way to try out some cookbooks & whatever ones rock my world, I’ll be sure to invest in them!! Any that I’m meh about, I can return it and no harm no foul.

LI’m fortunate to live walking distance to 4 (!) libraries!! It’s a fun way to discover neighborhoods & find new books. I’m making it a point to stop in 1-2x a week.

I also love how seamless the whole transaction is. For starters, you can go in, not say a word to anyone, & self checkout… basically my dream situation lol. & holds are SO EASY. I love that if I’m listening to a podcast or reading a blog post & they mention an interesting book, I can log into the san francisco public library {sfpl} website & either make a hold or put it in my “read later” section.

Checking out & renting books puts a hard boundary on just how much time I have to read & really dive in to a book from start to finish. I kind of love that.

Many library systems also use an app called Libby so you can also get ebooks & audio books instantly! Just put in your library card and it’s a virtual library right to your phone. You now have full access to your library’s collection of both audio & e-books. Though I prefer hard copies, the digital copies on cookbooks can be especially convienent as you’re cooking or a workout book if you’re traveling.

Save the money {& clutter!} while getting to read more! It’s a great way to give back to your city & discover new libraries πŸ™‚

Do you like to visit your local library? And any book reccs ALWAYS appreciated!

And for any book suggestions, here’s everything I’ve read & blogged about and you can also check out my Amazon book shop πŸ™‚

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san francisco public library <3

quotes I loved from this week

β€œIf you tell me how you get your feeling of importance, I’ll tell you what you are. That determines your character. That is the most significant thing about you.” ~Dale Carnegie

β€œBe like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. Be water, my friend.” ~ Bruce Lee quoted in a yoga class <3

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamot

β€œI’m not at the end of my learning journey, obviously but something I learned in the process of doing Next in Fashion is that the designers who end up winning are the ones who really listen to their own voice.” – Alexa Chung via A Lesson in Career Longevity With Forever Icon Alexa Chung

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my fav green juice from pressed on union street

Have a relaxing weekend! Let me know if you like these kind of posts and I’ll make them a weekly thing or maybe even a newsletter πŸ™‚ x

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  1. 3.10.20
    Gitana said:

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to get up to date on my blog reading. I’ve taken a two month-long (much needed though) hiatus from Simply Gitana and am back in the saddle today.
    I was reading your post and was immediately like “OMG I need to tell her about Libby” but then read that you discovered it already πŸ™‚ I actually have two separate library cards and can access both county libraries for their book stocks (which apparently are different). Also you can check out magazines which I find to be neat for those who like to read style stuff but don’t want to subscribe and then eventually toss all those magazines down the road (my mom’s house is full of untouched Home and Garden’s and it makes me cringe at the waste). I just love libraries for the idea of reusing books and sustainability. πŸ™‚ So glad you’ve rediscovered the wonderfulness of libraries <3

    xx gitana