Sunday, June 8, 2008

book rental service

i was reading a frugal blog the other day (surprise, surprise) and found this quote from an online forum...
book rental service?

was just thinking. my sister does -alot- of reading, and spends like $1000 a year on just books alone. most of them she reads once then never looks at again. is there any kind of like…video rental store but for books? would make things alot cheaper, plus once one person had read one the next person can get enjoyment from it etc

uuuhhhh....i hope you're screaming...."YOUR LIBRARY!!!"'s true. i think people may forget about one of the greatest resources our tax dollars give us. the library doesn't just have books anymore. there are dvds, cds, audio books (you can even download some from the library's website) video games, and passes to local museums and other attractions. our library has it's own notary who will notarize your documents for FREE.

libraries also host many great activities for all ages all throughout the year. this is such a wonderful way to enrich your life for little or most of the time NO money.

this reminds me of one of my favorite movie scenes. it was in "the ultimate gift" and the main character, Jason, was visiting africa to view some of the work his grandfather had done there. one of the places he visited was the library built with his grandpa's money. some local people were proudly walking him inside of this prized building and Jason's face fell as he scanned the room full of shelves with just a handful of books in the entire place. he turned and asked his host..."where are all the books?" the man looked and said without hesitation..."with the people, of course."

wow. think about that the next time you go to your local library and look at the shelves.

1 comment:

darbishar said...

Thank goodness! I thought you were going to talk about one of those book swap things. I love our library, and I love the fact that they are now on-line and you can download, reserve and renew books. Plus the Children's Librarian at the village library is the best. I think we are going to check out the Babar and Me Toddler Yoga they are doing in July. YAY for public libraries!