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What's a library?

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What's a library?

In this day and age of the Internet we've gotten so used to having all sorts of information at our finger tips, or if it's not quite at our finger tips it's a mere click away. Is it because of this that we've forgotten our childhood friend, The Library? With Internet services abound, we can order any book at the drop of a hat. Some people look at me stunned when I mention I have books on hold at the library, or are shocked to learn that they can order DVDs from their local branch. Don't they remember how convenient the library was why they were a child? Reaching in any direction, hands landing on a favourite Frog and Toad book or a new Curious George adventure. I want to shout from the rooftops that nothing has changed. Instead of heading out to the big box bookstores every time you read a review of a book in the paper, or want a recipe from that new cookbook, just head to your local library. Enjoy searching through the stacks to locate your desired book (I guarantee you'll find many other gems along the way). If the library doesn't appear to have the book you're looking for, ask the librarian to search the database and put it on hold for you. Or, if you really don't want to leave your desk, browse your library's catalogue online. You can order a book, place holds and search the database from home, too. Quick tip: Don't forget to check out the movie section at the library. They have great new releases, interesting documentaries and classic oldies. Plus, you can take them out for about a week for FREE! So, do the world a favour! Save the odd tree and stop adding to your mountain of books. Your local used booksshop does not need another copy of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, trust me, and chances are they won't buy that latest diet trend book. Next time you want to check out a book, order it from the library. If you fall in love with it, then you can justify buying it. Questions for you: Do you use your local library? Why? Why not? What's the best book you've ever read? What are you reading right now? Do you give away books after you read them? Or, do you have to own a copy of everything you've ever read? Read more:Get your kids readingEncourage a love of reading
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