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Get out and get those library cards (or renew them)! They save you TONS of money on books. And most libraries have other things you can check out besides books (gasp!)
Jennifer’s Library Experience
I love using my library card, it saves me so much money from books, movies to video games. But what if my library does not have a book/audiobook? Request it! 9 out 10 books I request via my library system they get! I only request ebooks and audiobooks but I’m sure they would get print copies as well.
Help out your library! Have books you don’t want anymore? Donate them to your library! Even ARCs, my library has a Free Books Shelf for people to grab books to take home. I keep a box at all times in my house where I store print books when I’m done reading them. Once the box is full I take them to my library. They love seeing me come in with a box of books and audiobooks.
But enough about the books (what?!) I mentioned that you can do other things with your library card. (You don’t really need a card for these but why not get one?!)
A FEW Programs my local library has:
- Genealogy Workshop
- Story Time
- Young Adult writing classes
- Lego Club
- Argentine Tango Class
- Read to the animals at the local animal shelter
- Free after school touring
- American Girl Book Club
- Harry Potter Reading Club
- Arts craft: painting, knitting, coloring, etc.
Anne talks about Interlibrary loan:
Jonetta’s Library Experience
My reading world changed when I discovered my state’s online system, the North Carolina Digital Library. It is a collaboration between many cities and counties in the state (excluding Charlotte and Raleigh), allowing for a more robust inventory through collective resources.
I got my first eReader back in 2010 and I eventually evolved to reading books digitally exclusively. It wasn’t until late in that year that I found out about the library system and I was ecstatic. Until that time, I’d purchased all of my books so the money I began saving was at least about $300 a month.
It wasn’t until the next year that I figured out how to download audiobooks from the library system. That was another life changing event as this now became an affordable option. Today, even though I have an Audible membership, just about all of my audiobooks are library rentals (or titles received from publishers/authors for review).
Though I rarely use the physical library resources, I love that it’s so easy to do in my city. I have a small branch just a couple of miles from my home but we use a central library system to deliver whatever books or DVDs to requesting branches so size is irrelevant. And, when my young nephew comes to visit, we go to the library for reading hours, picture books and DVDs to watch while he’s here. He makes it a real occasion as I watch him develop a love for reading and libraries that I had at the same age.
My reading experience just wouldn’t be the same without my library. It literally changed my life.
Past Library Posts:
Check out Love My Library Event over at The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog.