09-16-2018, 11:20 AM
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I enjoy reading, and I do a lot of it - about half a dozen books each week, mostly fiction, all from our local city and county library branches.  Like many, I bemoan the disintegration of our infrastructures and the general incompetence and inefficiency of government, but I have to admit that here we have great library systems.  Thursdays are the weekly errand days for my wife and me, and our stops always include the county library branch, which has the largest selection of books and allows them to be taken for 4 weeks, and the city branch, which lets us take movie DVDs for 2 weeks (I know: "Who even uses DVDs any more?..." - but they get new release movies just a couple months after they're at the theaters, and we still use the DVD player).  I always have 40 or more titles on reserve at each library, just waiting to be activated.  The county library even has free interlibrary loans, so that if they do not have a particular book in their system, they'll search other systems countrywide, and if they find the book they'll get it for me.  And if they can't find it anywhere, they send me nice email note apologizing but saying they tried.  But what got me thinking about all of this was a book I just got through the interlibrary loan system from Shelby, Montana, which on the inside of its cover has a checkout sheet for handwritten due dates!  Living in a relatively large city makes me forget sometimes that other places sometimes still do things the old-fashioned way.

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 09-16-2018, 11:59 AM
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That is old school......We use a rubber stamp at my library. Winky 
I mean, it is the 2oth Century... Thumbsup

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 09-16-2018, 12:07 PM
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  • Garb
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Man you're reading a lot. I like to read as well but can't get through books as fast as you.

On a side note, my favorite job as a kid was working at the main library in Cleveland, Ohio. Huge double buildings 4-5 stories each taking up two city blocks nearly on downtown square in city center. As a kid in high school I was in heaven.

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 09-16-2018, 12:36 PM
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(09-16-2018, 12:07 PM)Garb Wrote: Man you're reading a lot. I like to read as well but can't get through books as fast as you.

On a side note, my favorite job as a kid was working at the main library in Cleveland, Ohio. Huge double buildings 4-5 stories each taking up two city blocks nearly on downtown square in city center. As a kid in high school I was in heaven.

That is a great job.  Many years ago, when I lived on a nearby island, I managed (meaning I was the only full-time employee of) a small bookstore.  Once a month I took the ferry into Seattle to the wholesalers to buy stock for the store, so of course I bought some of what I wanted to read too.  On slow rainy winter days in the store, with virtually no customers, I could sit by the pot-bellied stove and doze off while reading.

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 09-16-2018, 01:21 PM
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I was in charge of a library once. In Nam, I was the Officer put in charge of a library donated to us by a Boy Scout Troop in California. I think it was a Beverly Hills Troop.
It was hundreds of books, only open when I was around and could unlock the door and check out the books. Never had one book checked out.

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 09-16-2018, 01:59 PM
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I joined the local library when I retired, after years of too much reading at work and just buying whatever blockbuster caught my eye from Amazon, then donating them to said library.  Ours is part of a 75 library consortium than spans 4 or maybe 5 counties here around SE Michigan.  I sometimes get my holds fulfilled from small towns with written checkout records like shown in the OP.  

Garb - I remember going down to the Cleveland Public Library when in high school, late 60's, it was huge ...

I also use their DVD's, last year I went through every Best Picture from Wings through Shape of Water .. all supplied from the consortiums members, save for one single flick that had to be procured, used, from Flea Bay .. fittingly, that was How Green Was My Valley ..

I truly hope that I don't outlive the Public Library, these days I'm trying to revisit some classics that may have been cliffnoted back in the day ..

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 09-16-2018, 02:31 PM
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I need to go back to libraries.  Two new libraries open by my place and on-line for books.

I should spend less time on shaving forums and more time reading (famous last words).

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 09-16-2018, 03:00 PM
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Garyg- Think I might have seen you in the fine arts section of the CPL, at least that was my floor, lucky me at the time it was the perfect job.

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 09-16-2018, 05:10 PM
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(09-16-2018, 03:00 PM)Garb Wrote: Garyg- Think I might have seen you in the fine arts section of the CPL, at least that was my floor, lucky me at the time it was the perfect job.


Wasn't me, I'd have been somewhere less than fine .. sounds like a better job than rebuilding the furnaces at the Ridge Road Incinerator ..

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 09-16-2018, 06:33 PM
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HaHa. The pay was below anything that's standard these days. But the perks were awesome.

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