Saturday, May 23, 2009

The new and improved library

From Bill Myers:

"Until recently, my wife and I typically spent $300 a month on
books and magazines and DVD rentals.

Once a week, we'd take a trip to the local Barnes & Noble or
Books-a-Million bookstore, and load up on the latest novels and

Rarely did we get out of these bookstores without spending a
hundred dollars or more - each and every week.

But a few months back, we found something better and far less
expensive than Barnes & Noble, or Books a Million or even Amazon.

We found our local library.

Don't laugh. Libraries have come a long way from what you may
remember from your school days.

For example, our local library has a website where we can search
their catalogs, then reserve, renew and even request books,
magazines and DVDs.

This means we can sit at home, find the best sellers or DVDs we
want at Amazon, and then reserve them at our local library.

As soon as these items become available, the library sends us an
email, and they hold the item until we pick it up - all for free.

So instead of going to the local bookstores or Amazon, these days
we just head to the library and pick up the books or DVDs or
magazines we want - without spending a penny.

It may not sound like a big deal - but going to the library is
likely to save us close to $4,000 this year - money that can be
used for other things - like adding to my boat fund.

If you have a local library, you might want to check it out. You
may be surprised with what you find.

One final point - our local library (like most) has free wifi.

This means whenever your internet connection is down, or you just
want a quiet place with internet, you can head to your local

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