While it didn’t happen today, it is recent enough that I don’t mind writing about it. It may sound funny, but since we are still in lockdown, maybe it won’t. I was finally able to check some books out of the library.
I am a big believer in the library because it saves me so much money. They have so many books that I want to read and so many magazines I want to read or skim through. In years past, I read over 60 books a year. At 15 dollars a book (though these days the price is closer to 20) I saved 900 dollars. Even if the books were used, that would be at least 300 dollars.
The library has an ebook system, but I needed to take a tutorial to figure out how to work it and then transfer the books to my Kobo. I was scheduled to do this after I got back from Colombia. However, the pandemic struck just then and things haven’t been the same since. The library is working, but no one is allowed inside.
To get books or magazines, you need to reserve them online and wait until your order is ready and they contact you to pick them up. When you get to the library, you need to text them your name, library card number and parking spot. You also need to open your trunk, and tell the worker your name (without getting out of the car) when they approach. They then place them in the trunk. When the worker is a distance away, you can either close the trunk or reorganize the material.
Despite the hassle and not really being able to browse, it actually wasn’t too bad. I managed to get a whole stack of Canadian Woodworking magazines. They might inspire me to make some amazing creations. If they don’t, we’ll I am sure I will find something useful in them.
I haven’t checked into the return system, but I guess it will just make use of either the nighttime return slots they have always used or maybe the new digital return kiosks they had previously installed.