Ah, the library. One would wonder in this digital age if they still exist and how they survive. Do you remember how awesome the library was when you were a kid? You could grab a stack of books that you could barely see over and read for days.
My childhood reading memories are of Beezus and Ramona, Choose your Own Adventure, Sweet Valley High and VC Andrews books. As you get older, the library loses its luster and you come to the realization that you can afford to buy books instead of loaning out ones that smell as if they’ve been in the bottom of an algae infested pond for a week.
Sure, you might be able to buy books, but reading them free is so frugal.
In the nine years I have been living in the small town I’m in, I’ve never set foot in the library. Not until Friday, at least. My original mission was to go in and ask about donating books; I had been cleaning out my collection and wanted to donate them since switching to an eReader. I took it one-step further, I signed up for a library card.
Signing up for the card was super easy, all it took was a piece of photo ID with proof that I lived in the area.
The goods on what you can loan out and how technology has changed the library
After I signed up for the card, I decided it would be a good idea to listen to the librarian to get the “library lowdown”.
What can I loan? Books, lots and lots of books; whether physical copies from the library or online in electronic format. Newer best sellers are available too. DVD movies. Yep, believe it or not, I turned around to see a copy of Safe Haven available that the librarian was pointing at. Seriously? Movies? You have to be kidding and you can loan them for 3 days. Sure, they may not be blu ray but FREE works for me!
It gets even better when you look at what’s online in electronic format. Not only can you access books, but also there are Chilton auto repair manuals, encyclopaedia’s, study resources, and on and on.
It’s all FREE.
Technology has allowed libraries to put almost everything online. It has also allowed them to take suggestions from their patrons. Don’t see a book you were looking for? Send a request to ask your library to carry it. If there’s a book you want to read, someone else has that book on loan, easy, just put yourself on the electronic waiting list, and you’ll be sent an email notification when it becomes available.
Overdrive is the app that the library system in my area uses. It allows you to use your laptop, tablet or smartphone to download and read your books. Then there’s the Ontario Library Service that dishes out the ebooks to the app, which would be different depending on your province or country.
I can now feed my reading addiction and not pay for it. WOOO HOOO! If I manage not to buy a book, that is $400 savings a year for me.
Now only to find a way to get clothes for free….one can dream. 😉