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Old 02-17-2018, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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As a former librarian, I know this: closing at five on Fridays is fairly common where I live in Illinois.
Speak to the library director or send an email to get more copies of popular books. It is true that libraries are moving toward ebooks, despite the lack of strong evidence that readers want these books. Seniors usually do not. Librarians like them because they are cheaper and require no time or trouble.
You could ask them to get the bestseller from outside the system, but many libraries will not send them because they are in demand. The problem is that after readers are through with the bestseller, the book becomes old, then the library is stuck with extra books on the shelf and extra money spent.
Or be pro-active and get your book on reserve before others do, finding out if or when the library will buy it.
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Old 02-17-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: sarasota
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please keep in mind that expenditures are determined by the town and county politicians deciding on how to spend our money.
I've noticed a great reluctance down here to approve reasonable taxes to keep providing basic services, libraries being one of them. If you want more choices, better hours, etc., you have to make your feelings known. Join Friends of the library(or some such organization-I'm sure there's one)
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Old 02-18-2018, 02:24 AM
 
Location: Woodbury, MN
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If the library system doesn’t offer enough newer books, you can handle reading e-books, and you read a lot of books, then you should consider subscribing to the Amazon Kindle unlimited books service for about $10 a month.

Just go to YouTube and search for it to learn more about it and learn what people like and hate about the service. Maybe it would solve your problems. Only $10 a month is pretty cheap. Netflix is also cheap, and the selection is most likely much better than the library system. Of course you need Internet access for those services, and they do cost a little money, but they are dirt cheap by today’s standards. Today, most people have broadband Internet at home, which for most people, is essential, like electricity and running water.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I'm not dissing the entire Library system. Just 2 aspects of it:

1- not enough copies of the books the vast majority want to read

2- short hours of operation as compared to most other places

e-books are almost impossible to read outside in the Sunlight by the pool, or at the beach.

I didn't become affluent by blowing $20/week $1,000/year on buying books that can be borrowed for free at the Library.

The Libraries I've been to here are beautiful and clean structures. No complaints there.

They are misallocating money by overspending upon grossly underutilized computers, and small private meeting rooms. I have been to multiple libraries here 100+ times, and have never seen more than 50% utilization of these 2 areas. Perhaps they provide computer instructional classes to large groups of 20+, and I just have not been there during this time? If that is the reason they have so many computer stations, then I withdraw that opinion.

I mention older affluent people because they make up a disproportionate part of the population here. That demographic sector provides the least drain on public resources, and frees up funds for things like...libraries. That demographic also volunteers the most, and reduces labor costs of lthe library system. I see this demographic as being slighted by the County in the way they are allocating monies across all County Government. This demographic is doing too much for the community to repay them with a miniscule number of new releases and short hours.
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