Some Reading Material

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.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to Some Reading Material

  1. Interesting system. Many of our libraries were built for walking to. It kid faster for me to walk to mine than drive.

    • Anthony says:

      I could walk to this one…and I am sure I could text from a parking spot. they would be confused when they didn’t see a car, but I probably could put a box down.
      There is only one library in Aurora. It is well used by the community and eventually the building and the surrounding buildings will be renovated and “Library Square” will be created. If they follow through with the plans already published, it is going to be awesome and include an outdoor skating rink.

  2. retrodee says:

    Did you see “A Peanuts Movie” ? I know it might not be for everyone, but the Library Scene is my FAVORITE. Charlie Brown going to check out “War And Peace” for school and Snoopy and Woodstock at the Library is as funny as it is cute! Honestly, I don’t know what a Library is like today for books and magazines, I think the last time I was in one was looking up a play for Drama Class (back in 2006) and the next thing I knew the brand new Library opened up on campus and mostly consisted of computers, LOL.

    • Anthony says:

      The modern library is an amazing thing. In addition to taking out books, magazines, and newspapers you can get music, videos, and video games. Much of this is also available online. They also provide internet access and often have paid subscriptions to genealogy sites. Mine has study rooms and rooms to play video games. It has an art gallery, a place to buy old books, and a 3D printer.

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