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Dawn - edging ever closer to 30, although I still feel like I'm 21. :) I'm married to a youth pastor ('Big G'), and have THREE wonderful kids: a five year-old son ('Little G'), a just turned two year-old daughter ('A'), and our newest little girl blessing, Baby R, was born May 28/07!! They keep me hopping as I juggle them, my WAH part-time job as an accountant, being a pastor's wife, and of course hobbies like quilting, scrapbooking, and blogging!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
WFMW - Reading library books
I love to read - I always have. My parents would joke that buying books for me for Christmas was a waste of money because I would start reading immediately after receiving the book (sometimes having to be forcibly removed from the book in order to open other presents!) and just keep on reading until I was done...usually sometime Christmas evening!

As my life has gotten busier as I've gotten older (and had three children), I find I have less and less time to read. The days of leisurely browsing through the library shelves looking for something that grabs my fancy are long gone, let me tell you!

These days I have to do my browsing virtually - I see what others are reading (either IRL friends, or blogger friends), and then visit my local library's website. I think most libraries are part of a regional library system like ours is here - I simply enter the name of the book I'm looking for, and as long as at least one library in the system has a copy, I can request it. I get a call within a few days that they have books on hold for me, and I can run over and pick them up in just a few minutes. Even if there is a copy at my local library, I do the same thing, saving the time it would take to look for the book on the shelves (and risking the kids getting into things they shouldn't be!).

By using the online library catalog and reserve feature, I can keep up with my reading even though I don't have the time to spend looking at books in the 'actual' library!

Until my kids are old enough to browse quietly alongside works for me!

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At September 21, 2007 12:49 PM, Blogger Mrs. Brownstone said...

This is a great tip!

I do this same thing, and it saves so much time! I do not think that a lot of people are aware of this service, so it's great that you are sharing the idea with everyone!


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