Yesterday I found out I can’t get a free library card at a public library that’s four miles from my house. I recently moved to a part of Lakeville that’s technically still in Marshall County (part of Lakeville is in Marshall County and part is in St. Joseph County).
There’s a public library in Lakeville that I’ve been meaning to check out for a while. Finally got around to it yesterday and learned that although I live in Lakeville, I live in a township that doesn’t pay taxes to any library – so I’m stuck in no-man’s land. The sympathetic librarian laid out my options: pay $60 a year for a non-resident library card, or go home empty-handed.
I’m spoiled when it comes to libraries. I was a proud patron of one of the best libraries around, Plymouth Public Library, for a long time.
Here, I basically used all the resources for free. I checked out books, movies, and music. I took classes. I looked up information.
I probably saved thousands of dollars I would have otherwise spent buying books at a bookstore. To have the option of free reading suddenly taken away is kind of a shock to my system.
I have a Nook, and there’s free books to download. I have the Internet, and there’s free articles and blogs to be read there. But it’s not the same as a book.
I have many, many books at home that I’ve purchased, but I’ve read them all. Sometimes I re-read them. Right now I’m re-reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and I recently re-read Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. But I’m running low on reading material.
I told the nice lady at the library yesterday that I would “think about” the non-resident card. Usually that phrase means “no” but I really am thinking hard about this. My local library isn’t as impressive as The Beast’s library in Beauty and the Beast – but it’s certainly better than no library at all.
I don’t think “no library” is going to be an option for me.