I also really love books. There’s always something I’m reading, or would like to read, or would like to discuss. But books are expensive. Even digital books usually cost $7–$10 each, and at the rate I read them, that adds up quickly each month. So, what to do?
Like a gift from the heavens, I rediscovered my local library. Now I have a continuously updated collection of millions of volumes of books, movies, and music that I can check out whenever I want. And if the library doesn’t have it, they will literally search every other library in the country to see if someone else has what I’m looking for and have it delivered to my local library for me to pick up and check out. (For the uninitiated, this is known as an interlibrary loan, or ILL.) And in many cases, the library has digital editions of many, many books which means that I can borrow the digital edition through Amazon and start reading it on my phone without ever getting up from my chair.
What’s more, my local library is a pretty stunning piece of architecture that sits on a huge public park with a bike path, a man made lake big enough to boat in, tons of shade trees, and an enormous playground for the kids. It’s a joy to go there. We ride our bikes because it’s only 1.9 miles from our house. What is the cost to me for membership in this unbelievable club? Surely it must be at least the cost of Amazon Prime, or Netflix, but probably hundreds per month? Nope. Here’s the bill, and I only pay because I own a home in the area—it’s free for everyone else:
That’s right, it only costs me $7.82 to take advantage of this unbelievable resource. And yes, that’s $0.24 less than last year. My library has unending entertainment, worlds and worlds of knowledge, all at my fingertips with an army of people staffing it whose entire job is to help me find what I’m looking for. In addition, I get to give all the stuff I check out from this place back. No unnecessary clutter around the home! (Really, how many books/movies have you watched enough times to justify the inventory costs of housing them?)
This must be the best deal on the planet.