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  1. Boubou

    Boubou Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    I haven’t borrowed a book from the library since I was a kid.
    I did at university but that was for learning.
    I registered for the online library of Quebec, downloaded an ebook for free and i am reading it.
    Tons of book for free. Reading in my iPad, but will probably buy a Kobo reader (they have more formats than a kindle and the library program is integrated) and it’s lighter than my big a$$ iPad Pro and has a non reflective screen.. 10-15 borrowed books and the reader will be paid.
    Didn’t even had to go outside
    That’s all
     
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  2. Junkyard Dog

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    Yes. Public library here has had ebooks for years...can also download TV/movies/music from them. They have 3d printers. You can checkout a FLIR thermal imaging camera to take home and check your house for leaks.
     
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    I enjoy my walks to the library even though they take place outside.
    What a world! So many options.
     
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    I get a ton of music from the library. If our county-wide system doesn't have what I'm looking for, my librarian friend finds it for me anywhere in the country and requests an interlibrary loan. I have never been turned down.

    Also, we don't have cable, so we get DVDs a lot too. Movies and tv series. I might be six months behind other people in watching the popular ones, but its free!

    The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh even has musical instruments, effects pedals and synthesizers that you can check out for free!

    Public libraries are one of the last real benefits that we get for free in this world. I don't know why more people don't take advantage of it. I think if the concept of libraries was invented today, no way would publishers allow it. They'd pay their lobbyists to somehow make them illegal.

    I just checked my account. I have 21 items checked out right now, and 26 items on hold for me to pick up. I live one block from our local branch, so I'm there at least once a week.
     
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    Very cool! That reminds that the library in Huntsville, Alabama had a recording studio. You had to take a (free) 30 minute training session, and then you could use it as much as you wanted...for free.
     
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    I'm actually a librarian as far as degrees go. Masters in Library Science. I spent many years heading up departments at large library consortiums and as admin/director of some small, more rural libraries.

    I love the work, though it's not what I am doing now.

    Libraries are very cool places. What other agency has as noble an aim as "We want to provide you with free access to as much information and entertainment as we possibly can, across as many formats as possible, and by the way, we have a coffee shop up in here, storytelling and crafts for your kids, and live music on weekends."

    Libraries have public meeting rooms for public use, many have movie nights, video game areas, some have galleries that exhibit local artists...people just don't know what their local libraries can really do for them or what they have to offer.

    When working in rural libraries, I always tried to find out what the local people most wanted and needed, and then tried to provide that. Tailor services to meet the needs of the specific community.

    I remember a few years back hearing about a library in Maine that loaned out fishing rods and gear. And another in a very poor part of Tennessee that checked out prom and wedding dresses for free to girls who couldn't afford to buy or rent them.

    I mean, that's cool.
     
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    Muddslide Friend of Leo's

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    Hear, hear. Thank you for being a library user and booster. Spread the word. Libraries are always facing funding cuts.
     
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  8. Boubou

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    I have a dog for walking!
    But I remember walking to the library when I was a kid, all excited
     
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    Sad but true.

    And great that you brought up Interlibrary Loan. Just because you don't see what you are looking for (CD, DVD/Blu-Ray/Book, etc.) on the shelf or in the local catalog, just ASK! Librarians are more than happy to (and very tenacious about) getting what you are looking for into your hands. They can get it from another library in their system or do an Interlibrary Loan from another system. I've had materials come to patrons from as far away as Greece and Spain.

    Lots of libraries now have 3D printers (as someone else mentioned) that the public can use.

    Sorry...I'm a bit of a library obsessive.
     
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    I think I’m even more excited about it now than I was then!
     
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    Have you ever strolled to the Ulysses Philomathic Library in Trumansburg, New York? I did with with an unbendable scientific walking stick.

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    Not yet. There’s still time!
     
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    I love libraries. Socialism at its best. I loved hunting down books and music. I haven’t been in one in years, though.
     
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    Get thee to a bookery.
     
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    We use our local library and the regional system that shares items. I'm the only one in the family who used the tremendous e-book system. For the latter I generally choose Kindle format and on occasion make the purchase if I don't read the entire book on time.

    I do enough of the e reading to value the iPhone XS Max version. It uses Kindle and the other formants. It displays edge to edge and the OLED screen is really nice. On rare occasion I use the Kindle Paperwhite.

    Even with e books, our local branch and the library system overall seem to be used and loved.
     
  16. Boubou

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    This, I actually went to the library recently train to get access to Cunsumer Reports, and we had a scientific library at work with 5 librarians and they have the determination of pit bulls in getting you what you asked them
     
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    When I was working periodicals there was no research request I’d quit on. I probably should have pursued it as a career.
     
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    I love to read, but usually buy or borrow books......I also inherited a PILE of books from my grandfather when he died. (maybe I inherited my love of reading from him)
    As rarely as I get to go to the library, almost every time I go the cards have changed and I have to apply for a new one. I've got one in my wallet right now, and it's good odds it's no longer valid.
    I know "they" want to make libraries more friendly these days, but I still miss the dark, somewhat mysterious places they used to seem to be.....they were almost "holy" sanctums.
     
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    Our library budget is never voted down.
     
  20. Junkyard Dog

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    Here is another tip I can offer public library users...may or not apply to your area, but check.

    Check surrounding counties, nearby states, etc. They may offer a library account as well. A county near me, but across a state line offers accounts to those who "live, work, or worship" in the county.

    I have an account with a county library 100 miles away. I will never go there. I applied online, and I can download e-books, videos, etc. as much as I want.
     
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