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The smartest card you can get. Use it. Love it.

by:
Imelda Corney

To get a library card is a ‘cool’ thing to do. Libraries are just not for the nerds nor the geeks, they are for everybody - young, old, rich, poor. Ok now, I won’t bore you with what you can find in your local libraries, I only want you to see in black and white what you’re wasting your money on.

Whether you want to escape the heat or find comfort away from the cold, your local library can provide you with some ‘relief’.  Libraries can also save you money from magazine/newspaper subscriptions and gas; you can even make a difference in our environment. If you give up your subscriptions you are saving paper. Don’t waste paper; your books or magazines are probably only piled up often unread and collecting dust. Paper is one the biggest material by volume in landfills.

CDs and other media are also made of non-renewable petroleum products and are very difficult to recycle.

Libraries can help you get fit. Walk, bike or even take a one stop bus ride to one of your local libraries. You can even hop, skip or jump over to your library’s website and discover things that will make your pocket smile:

Books, magazines borrowed, estimated retail value: $2 -  $20

Video borrowed from local national chain, estimated retail value: $4

Homebound, shut in service, estimated monthly delivery could cost $200

Ebooks downloaded, estimated average cost for ebook: $15

Interlibrary loan, average cost for book or article supply: $15

Estimated use of meeting room per hour: $50

Estimated program/class attended by adults or children: $10

Estimated computer use for internet and MS word per hour: $5

Estimated average cost per article online viewing: $1.00

Estimated other database searching for monthly access: $20

Estimated research service using professional librarian's time: $60

You'll be surprised a lot of people love their libraries. What is not to love about libraries?  These famous individuals had articulated their love for them.

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
Walt Disney (1901-1966) American Film Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Animator, and Entrepreneur.

"Come, and take choice of all my library, and so beguile thy sorrow."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Playwright.

“A library's function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapest way information, inspiration, and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it."
Melvil Dewey (1851-1931). American Librarian and Educator.

And these are quotes from  individuals who are still loving them:

“My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library."
Bill Russell US Professional Basketball Player.

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library...Lily Tomlin.

It is a smart thing to do - going on a trip to your library that is all free.

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