For many the library has become a relic, an institution limited to children’s story time. I mean, c’mon, we have Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can put a book in your hands instantly with e-readers for about ten bucks. But should you?
I am here to tell you to put down the electronic device with the stored credit card information. Back away now.
The library has changed. If you haven’t been in a few years you need to run back with open arms. I have made a conscious decision to use my local library as much as possible. I am leaving the world of instant internet access to pricy books, and relying on the free books accessible at my local book repository.
And if you can’t bear to part with your fancy e-reading devices, I have great news for you. Public libraries across the country are offering free ebook lending to their patrons. Here is a little write up from Amazon. That instant gratification of having a book right in your hands could cost you a whole lot less. You can even check a book out on your smartphone using the Kindle app and a lot of the great classic books are free to own.
Another thing you have been missing if you haven’t been to the library in a while is the DVD selection. At my small local library the selection is incredibly large with a swath of movies I am interested in, some even on Blu Ray. I think Redbox is great for new releases, but the well can run dry pretty quick there. Check out your local library for a wealth of DVD material at the best price, free!
So join me in saying adios to the modern book payment system. Checking out your nearby library is super easy and it isn’t just for kids. But if you really have to own a book, buy it used. Someone else has already paid the sticker price and you can take that unloved copy home for a fraction of the original price. I wish you the best in paying much less in your future reading endeavors. I’m sure you can easily find something better to put your money towards.