This post is dedicated to my friends Jana and Christie, two fabulous librarians!
My sister asked me to share more of my life hacks (in a comment on this post) so here’s another one that makes our lives easier and better every day:
Let the library take the books off the shelves for you.
I am a voracious, quick reader. In 2011, I read about 150 books. In 2012, I slowed down a bit (with less nursing by Ellie) and only read around 130. This year, I’ve read around 60 books, which puts me almost on track with last year, possibly a bit less.
Needless to say, I have not individually purchased all those books. Both our house and our bank account would be in serious trouble if I had.
Enter the library hold system.
In both Baltimore County and Baltimore City (and I’m assuming most library systems across the country), you can request that any book be delivered to any location. It generally takes 3-4 days and then I get an email telling me that the book has arrived. I usually request 10-15 books at a time, know that I usually have about 2 months to get them read. Usually, it doesn’t take me that long to read them all, particularly the fiction pile but sometimes does if I’ve gotten a mammoth non-fiction book to talk (like The Emperor of All Maladies or American Canopy).
I even request books to be put on hold when they are at my own library. It’s just so much easier if they are all already on the hold shelf and all I have to do is walk in, clear the shelf (sometimes almost the whole shelf), and then check them out. This means, in my library, that I only have to do one set of stairs, can park in the 5-minute parking just outside the door, or even ask Nik to pick up the books on his way home from work.
All in all, it’s a great way to support my book habit without much effort or expense.
Try it today! Your life just might be 5% better!* 🙂
*which is what Nik told me when we started dating and he realized that I had Hotmail and not Gmail. He promised me that my life would be 5% better if I switched to Gmail and especially when planning a wedding, he was right!
(Cross an idea off the list!)
P.S. If you want to see what I’m reading, feel free to become my friend on Goodreads!