I don’t take advantage of the San Francisco public libraries even though we don’t live too far from the Main library across from City Hall and the Chinatown branch. In fact, I’m a member of the private Mechanics’ Institute in the Financial District. It costs $95 a year. And I still don’t utilize it as much as I should.
Why? Because of Amazon.com. It is just so easy and satisfying to make a few mouse clicks, then having your book delivered directly to your lap two days later at work.
In the past six months, I’ve spent $656.27 at Amazon. That amount includes a Scrabble deluxe edition, household items like an iron and vacuum, toiletries like contact solution, baby shower gifts, and tile for the kitchen. But $231.99 of that amount is books. Granted several of those books were gifts. I like to give books to kids versus toys. But all of those books I was reading I could have found at the library. All of them! For a savings of $139.62.
Also, every magazine you can imagine is at the library. Shit, I need to cancel my subscriptions after they expire.
Get thee to a library. Or better yet, order your book online and make sure it’s waiting for you when you arrive at the library.