I am always amazed when people who read say that they never use the library. What better place to get books? I’m not sure what’s not to like. I suspect that they are still suffering from horror memories of card catalogs and microfiche. Or maybe they can’t bear the thought of running into a replica of their 8th grade school librarian, who had the sense of humor of Attila the Hun and a propensity to write out detention slips.
If these are your reasons for not going to the library, let me wake you up to the 21st century. Now there is this lovely little piece of technology called the internet that makes most of your childhood nightmares a thing of the past. Gone are the card catalogs, along with the frustrating, fruitless searches.
If you haven’t done this lately, check out your local library’s website. I’m betting that you will be surprised by the ease and joy it will bring to your book addiction. All you need to do is type in the name of the book, author, or subject that you want to look up, and it pops up on the screen in a couple seconds. If it’s not at your local library, but at another branch, all you need to do is push a button and they will bring it to your neighborhood branch. Then you just dart in, pick it up and leave. Honestly it is much easier than Barnes and Noble, where you have to search for the subject you want, and there isn’t much order to where they place the subject categories.
Now, let’s say that you forgot that the due date is coming up. Well, never fear, the system is usually set up to send you a reminder email. Then all you have to do is go online and hit renew. It really doesn’t get much easier than that. Do yourself a favor and give it a whirl.
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