Library Chic — money saving idea
[simage=521,288,n,left] I’m in two book clubs (thankfully, both have bi-monthly schedules). Perhaps I’m trying to channel my imaginary, inner-English major or re-create those fast-paced AP Literature discussions. While I enjoy reading and participating in the group discussions, there are times when between trying to find the book or purchasing books when I’m not excited about the topic or the author that I want to rethink the decision. What if I don’t like the book? Then what do I do with it? Can you re-gift a book you didn’t enjoy?
Okay, I admit it; my house overflows with books and magazines. And I have a difficult time just donating books when I’m done reading them. In my mind, the characters and the author deserve a home with loving readers and ample shelf space.
Then a couple of years ago, I noticed several members of my book club had library copies of the book. How chic. How smart. Until that point, I thought that I was clever by purchasing used books online at Powell’s. With a used book my ‘investment’ was streamlined…and my emotional baggage was minimized.
Curious to rediscover the public library system, I went online; then made a visit to my local branch. What a treasure trove of books. The BEST feature of the public library is the online search-and-hold feature.
Simply go online and use the search feature to find a specific book. Then you can request that the library either hold the book or have it transferred in for you. Deluxe service. And the price is right! It’s like special ordering a book from one of the major chains!
[simage=522,288,n,right]Last spring, I laughed out loud while watching Sex and The City: The Movie as Carrie regaled Mr. Big with the joys of the public library system. Finally, I was one trend ahead of Carrie.
Don’t let the economy curtail your reading. Get creative. Exchange books with your friends. Some bookstores such as Powell’s will purchase your gently used books in exchange for cash or store credit toward future purchases. You can also buy and sell used books on Amazon.com. Recently, the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran an article about online book, CD and DVD swap sites. Or consider holding your own book swap at work or your next play date. Additionally, you can list the books you’ve read and are reading on shelfari.com – and have online discussions with friends.
Mama Says, be thrifty – read and share and your books.