This week is a busy one, so my posts might be scarce, but I wanted to raise the topic of libraries — what could be a cheaper and greener way to take advantage of books, magazines, movies and music than to share them with our fellow citizens?
Our local library has launched a new online tool to estimate how much we citizens save by using the library. My total was $58.92 in return for every $1 spent on taxes.
We are fortunate to be subscribers to one of the best library systems in the nation. Now, I don’t know how they came up with that ranking, but I do know I can almost always find what I want at the Denver Public Library. (The exception is books about spinning … I need to take some spinning wheels to their staff meetings and start getting some recruits, I think.)
But even when they don’t have the book I want, it’s easy to get it. I can do a search of other libraries in adjacent systems or across the nation; order the book online; and pick it up at my local library. So I just ordered the two books I wanted to read — including one that is out of print and available used on Amazon for $49.
This summer, Little Cheap heard about an Australian novel about horses online. She could not rest until she read it, but it too was out of print and priced exorbitantly online — $33 and up. But an interlibrary loan brought us the book in original hardcover, from the UCLA library. And along the way, we found the movie, starring a young Russell Crowe, in our local library’s stacks.
Not only is it green to share materials, it’s green to order books online and have them delivered to my local branch. I go to the library at least once a week, typically, and the branch I choose is right on the way for many of our errands.
Thanks to the library, we’ve read novels, explored tons of juvenile nonfiction, read the Magic Treehouse series in its entirety, explored interior design, test drove cookbooks before investing in them, and watched videos from Crash to Jeff Corwin to obscure Bollywood films.
Have you been to your library lately?