When was the last time you visited your local library? I used to visit the library and learn everything I wanted to know, but haven’t been inside of one for the past 10 years. I guess it is much easier to google for information or visit the local bookstore and have never thought about the resources that I pay for by way of taxes. Today I rediscovered the joy of the local public library and was amazed at how much things have changed.
Things have changed to where I had to keep asking everyone for help, all the way to how to check out the books. My local public library is very clean with many of the new books you see recently published. The media selection was amazing and the technology to search and check out made things simple and met my need for finding information. I am again a fan of the public library.
I think I got lazy due to the access to information provided by the internet and blogs, but what I have realized is that I only get only a brief on information and most blogs only provide a quick post on a given subject. If you are in need to researching a topic, try visiting your library and checking out books and dvds on your subject versus just trying to find it on the web. I also have the habit of visiting my local big box bookstore and pick up a book and have forgotten about checking books out for free at the public library. I was like a kid in a candy store, because I love to read and when I go into a bookstore, I have to limit my purchases. Now, I can satisfy my thirst for knowledge and research and check out up to 30 items at a time. This is a great way to live frugally and save money since I won’t have to buy the book out of my own pocket.
I also get much better research information versus trying to find it on the web, since most web sites try to sell you something and most information is just a crafty sales letter, rather than a book that is loaded with information. I suggest you visit your local public library, you pay for it, might as well use it. You might be amazed at the changes and it could save you some money and serve as a resource for your research needs or just a source to provide you with your recreational reading. Now all that is missing is a coffee shop and it is perfect!
I work on the road, and usually go to a coffee shop to do work during lunch and connect with the 1 hour “free” wifi provided if you order the $5.00 cup of coffee. Now, I will search for the nearest public library since most provide FREE WIFI, without the minimum purchase of a coffee and provide me with a quiet environment with nice chairs and tables to be productive. Rediscover the public library and be prepared to be amazed!