A Modern Library Card

Friday, October 23, 2015 Emily Childers 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I had a free Saturday and decided to head to our local library to get a card. It only took me two years of living here.... Anyways, despite being a little slow on the uptake I was excited to check out the facilities. And boy was my excitement warranted. The library itself is modern, clean, and huge; lucky for me the physical building wasn't even the best part.

When signing up for my library card, the librarian told me about their e-lending system through an app called OverDrive. Users with an active library card can borrow up to 50 ebooks and audio books. For free. When I logged in to check out the offerings I was expecting a small selection with no new releases. How very wrong I was! I was immediately able to get in the queue for a new release that costs $20 through Amazon; it was available within two weeks. I was also able to immediately download half a dozen books and audio books that have been on my reading list for ages.

Nick and I are both big readers and over the years have transitioned from physical books to ebooks. We have Kindles (the old version of the paperwhite),  Fire tablets, and also use the kindle app on our phones. We were spending a good amount of money buying Kindle books so I am thrilled to be cutting our costs without sacrificing content.

I've started listening to audio books when I walk Morty in the evenings. I've noticed I'll keep walking longer if I'm really engrossed in the book, which is an added bonus. Here are a few of my favorites to date. Enjoy!

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman
  • The Boston Girl- Anita Diamant
  • Edge of Eternity- Ken Follett