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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lets Hear It for Public Libraries

There is nothing more important to society (IMHO) than a really good public library.  I have written before about our great public library in Houston.  I order a few non-fiction books throughout the year but generally, I am a "Book on CD" reader. 

I listen to books as I drive back and forth to work, making the drive quite bearable since, like most of you, I really hate sitting in traffic and a good story keeps me from the anxiety of hurry-up-and-wait freeway driving. 

I also listen to books before I go to sleep each evening.  Some evenings it might be two CDs before I fall asleep but usually, it is something close to a chapter.   

I am able to order CDs to be delivered from one of the branch locations to my local library where I make a pick-up run on Saturdays.  How do I choose what to read/hear you might ask.  Here is another part of the fun. 

I subscribe to several newsletters from major publishers.  I especially like mystery books so I subscribe to two of those also.  When I receive a newsletter like I did this evening from Criminal Element, I peruse the list of recommendations which just happens to be Edgar and Agatha Award winners this time. 

Then I open up a tab for the library and as I read the reviews on CE, I switch over to the Library to see if the book, or CD in my case, has been ordered or is in stock.  I reserve what is available and I add interesting authors new to me to the Add Author List available to each library subscriber.  This way, when a new book is purchased, I receive an email notice from the library and I can try to reserve the CD before too many others do.

So this evening I'm having a great time reading the CE newsletter and book descriptions.  Even books that might not be exactly what I would pick out are interesting to know about and, if I hear it discussed by someone else, I'm a little more informed that I would be otherwise. 

Yes.  I appreciate my library.  It is definitely one of the better "free" things in my life. 


8 comments:

  1. Our libraries here are fantastic too, Barbara. One of the best features here is the book club kits they provide. A kit of ten books and a guide for a book club to enjoy! Yay libraries!

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    1. I have not heard of that service at our library but now that you described it, I'm going to check.

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  2. What a wonderful resource for those wise enough to use it!

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  3. I agree whole heartedly. Libraries are a wonderful place and a wonderful service.

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  4. Great post. I just LOVE libraries as I do book stores. But the library has such good memories for me. And you are right, it's free and that alone is awesome!! I like books on CD too but I made the mistake of putting in a book on CD that was a humorous book. I had to take it out because I was laughing so hard it was difficult to drive through crying eyes and laughter. Tried it a 2nd time when my husband and I were driving to the lake a few hours away. We had to take it out because he found that multi-tasking with laugher and driving just didn't work for him either. Funny how that affected us.

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    1. I know what you mean. I did that the other day but luckily I was in my bedroom, not driving!

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  5. I use to be a rabid library hound since my early days and the book mobile. I am afraid Kindle has ruined me and I can't remember the last time I went to the library. But even with Kindle, libraries play an important role. In large cities, you can actually receive Kindle books downloaded to your unit from the library. Wish we had it here in tiny town.

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    1. Yes. I forgot about that and there also apps you can load on your phone and download to your phone. Since I am listening anyway that might be a good choice for me but it would be one more trick to learn on my phone!!

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