10. No more card catalogs—request books online. If a friend or fellow blogger mentions an author or suggests a book, it’s on my list with a couple of clicks.
9. The books can be delivered to any branch. I pick mine up at the library by work during lunchtime. Grab them off the reserve shelf, do self-checkout, and I’m out the door!
8. You can return books at any library in the system. Jackjack prefers the library by our house, since they have a kids’ area with a computer. Apparently our new computer at home is not as cool.
7. I’m not much of a shopper, but if you are, it can satisfy your shopping craving. Pick up books on crafting, makeup, jewelry, fashion—all that girly stuff. You can browse magazines, flip through some novels, rent a CD or movie, even attend a class.
6. It’s like Christmas when your reserved books come in!
5. Check out an armload of cookbooks (my current weakness) and copy down the recipes that sound good. Beats paying $20-$35 a pop for a cookbook that only gives you one good recipe.
4. You can be scandalous and check out a “Banned Book” (see list here). Personally, I couldn’t have made it through junior high without Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. But enough people tried to have it banned that it made #62 on the list. *insert rant here*
3. Allowed us to try a book on CD without buying—which was a good thing, since we didn’t like it at all. We got a Bill Bryson book on CD for a trip to Monterey and turned it off before the end of the first chapter. I’d rather listen to Mexican polka as we pass through Watsonville than a book on CD. Guess we’re just old fashioned.
2. Check out up to 30 books/CDs/DVDs at once. This doesn’t sound like much until you count the ones you’ve reserved, discover that there are three new eco-green books coming out, and you need the one on soapmaking, and Jackjack wants to get six race car books, three bug books, and then spots a book on rocketships on the way to the checkout…
I would have paid $250.00!