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Old 08-20-2008, 11:13 AM
Location: Nebraska
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I have been an avid reader since I first learned how to read. When I was in the trucking business I had to buy books because of the potential cost of library fines. However when I got off the road my first stop was at the local library here in Lincoln to get a library card. We are very lucky in Lincoln with our city library system plus having access to the University of Nebraska's system and several other college collections. In addition to a fantastic selection of books the Lincoln system has an extensive collection of audio and video available with a FREE library card. If I had to buy all the books, music CD's and audio books I get for free from the library I would have to win a large Powerball Jackpot!

How do those of you who live in smaller communities accommodate your reading and music listening habits when there isn't a good library close by? When I was on the road I did a lot of book trading with the waitresses in various Truck Stops around the country. Swapping books and audio tapes with other drivers was also a good source of new material. A few minutes on the CB radio was all it usually took to find another driver with a book he would swap. The problem was; are they headed in the same direction?

What kind of solutions have those of you who are on a limited budget and living in a area with no access to libraries come up with?

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Old 08-20-2008, 11:37 AM
Location: Papillion
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I use our local library in Papillion a lot.

Great resource materials, great selection of books, and they seem to keep the inventory refreshed with new up-to-date materials.

Fantastic collection of newspapers and magazines (I go there one a week just to read through those - saves tons of money on subscriptions)
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:19 PM
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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I actually belong to four local libraries.

One in a largish town (1200) in the county north of us, which is probably the best one. The one in our county. One in the town south of us, in Kansas. And one in the town to the west of us, in Colorado. lol
Between the four of them I do OK and the inter-library loan system in Colorado is quite good. (I've yet to try Nebraska or Kansas')
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