As if I needed another reason to love my tablet, I just found one. I can borrow books from my local public library from the comfort of my own home. Of course, there is still the traditional way to borrow books, but I imagine that digital way is going to become my new go to way to read new books. One of my biggest problems with going to the library was trying to get there while they were open.
I will no longer be constrained by the hours of the library itself, because we all know that the internet never closes. I called and spoke to my local librarian, and she was very helpful in walking me through the steps needed to get logged onto the website and creating my pin number.
She was very willing to help and assured me that if I had any problems creating an account or logging in that I could come to the library and she would help me.
I would happily tell you exactly how to do this, but I was informed that every state and even some counties within states are completely different. So your best bet would be to contact your local library for instructions.
A few of the biggest questions I had was how many books could I borrow and for how long could I keep them? I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I could borrow up to 10 books at a time for a period of 2 weeks.
I can also log back into the website to renew my books before time runs out on them. Keep in mind that this information is for my local library, and that your library may have different lending guidelines.
I have already started planning my reading lists for when we go on vacation. I love to read and so do my kids, but who wants to carry a bunch of books around when you are traveling? Not me!
But if all I have to do is bring my tablet, and who am I kidding the tablet would be coming with me anyway, then I will have a full selection of books to read.
One of the great things about borrowing electronic books is that you can renew or exchange the books anywhere that you have an internet connection.
Chances are you will have wifi access at some point on your vacation, if not the entire time. I can not wait to start downloading books to my Kindle for both me and the kiddos.
The electronic books will also help my children with their assigned reading books while we are traveling. As quick as one book is read, I can exchange it for the next on the reading list. There will be no more excuses of “oh, I forgot to bring the book.”
If you are unsure about how to get started with your electronic library, then make a quick call or trip down to your local library. You are sure to find the answers that you need.
Don’t forget to ask how many books and how long you can keep them checked out! I would hate for you to be in the middle of reading a great one only to have it removed from your tablet before you could finish it!
Have you ever taken advantage of borrowing books on your tablet for either yourself or your kids? Did you know that this was even possible? Please feel free to let us know in the comments below.
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