Although I’ve always liked reading, I was an every-so-often reader for years. It took a library to break my “nothing’s on TV, might as well pick up a book” reading habits. A library program similar to the Bainbridge Library’s 100 Book Challenge got me started. My goal was 50 books in one year—that’s a book a week—and it seemed impossible. At first, I gathered up the shortest books I could find, things I could finish on my lunch hour, to get ahead of the game.
2017 is my ninth year challenging myself, but it is no longer a challenge. I met the 50 book mark last week. And best of all, I no longer watch TV. Well, I did watch Downton Abbey, but in general, curling up with a book is much more appealing than what’s on the tube.
So how do I satisfy a book a week habit? I read mostly new releases and the cost of hardbacks probably averages $15 or more, even discounted online. At that conservative estimate, using the library saves me over $60 per month, not counting the half dozen or so books I take home to browse and then decide not to read.
Placing holds is so easy, I can be sure to always have a selection of books, DVDs and children’s picture books for my grandson waiting for me at the check-out desk whenever I stop by. The trip is made enjoyable by the extremely friendly and efficient staff. I’ve gotten some terrific entertainment and education bargains too, with the free programs. My vehicle-crazy grandson goes wild over the picture-book packed Library Fun Bus. A computer question is easily answered at the reference desk. Today a librarian happily took my zip drive and printed out a document when I lost access to my printer at home.
If you are not taking advantage of all the library has to offer, you are missing out.
Karen feels blessed to live in beautiful Lake Lucerne in Bainbridge. She and her husband Powell are retired empty nesters. In addition to reading, she enjoys group workouts at the gym, playing with her grandchildren and bargain shopping. The best book she read this summer was The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick. She is currently reading Defectors by Joseph Kanon–no verdict on that one yet.