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30 June 2010 @ 08:57 pm
Lesson #2: Get a Library Card and Use It  
If you haven't been to your local library lately, you should go.  If you have, give yourself a pat on the back; you're doing your bank account a huge favor.  It never ceases to amaze me that people actually pay for books (at ~$6.99+), magazines ($1-$2), video rentals ($2.50+), and CD's ($10+) they've never heard.  I can understand the occasional book you just have to own so you can read it a bazillion times (Harry Potter, anyone?), or the album your favorite band just released.  But why pay for a book the first time you read it or pay for a CD for a band you've only heard one song on the radio for?  Try the stuff out before you buy it!  If you only like the song you heard on the radio, go buy it on iTunes for $.99 instead of shelling out $15 for a CD.

Movie rentals are what really get me.  Most video stores charge $2.50+ for new releases.  The library doesn't charge anything.  Now granted, you may have to wait a little while to see your movie, but if you didn't rush out to see the movie in theaters, you can wait a few more weeks, right?  What's more, you can usually request the movie several weeks before it is released, so you can get your name on a waiting list for it.

Now you may be thinking, 'I live in the middle of nowhere and my library doesn't have anything good.'

I once lived in the middle of nowhere, Wisconsin, and even though my library wasn't that great, there was this awesome thing called inter-library loan.  See, usually, if your library doesn't have what you're looking for, those handy dandy librarians can look in the systems for other libraries in the the state and request what you're looking for.  And it's free. 

I love my library.  I go a couple times a week.  Here's a short list of things I get:  movies, tv shows, music, novels, cook books, test prep books, and books on tape/CD.  I also print stuff off there (for free, although some libraries do charge) and get free internet access.

Seriously, go to your library.  You will be happy you did!
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Ithilwendarkfrog24 on July 1st, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
I prefer to go to B&N and read books that I later do not buy. 1. There's a cafe where I can eat food (though I often bring that myself as well) 2. NO ONE BOTHERS ME.
Kristenbubbblybubbbles on July 4th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
I used to do that when there was a Borders near me :) The mall where I live now doesn't have a bookstore. It's kind of ridiculous.
Ithilwen: crimes against cutedarkfrog24 on July 4th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I guess there's an advantage to living where I do--in the Valley of Malls. I can take my pick of three.
Emilywhatisbiscuits on July 2nd, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
I'm a Librarian, so thanks for this :)
Kristenbubbblybubbbles on July 4th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
:) Libraries really are one of my favorite places to go.