Simple Green: Visit the Library

Simple Green: Visit the Library

Amber Byfield
Feb 18, 2009

02_18_09_library.jpgThis month, we're trying an experiment in our household. My bf unplugged the television--not just while it's off, but for good. While we're not ready to rid our lives of the TV yet, we are turning toward more antiquated forms of entertainment... which means lots of books.

We like to grow our personal library as much as the next person, but let's face it: we're renting, and if we acquire too many books, we'll curse each one as we pack it into a box next year. And besides, we're not saving enough money yet by tuning out the TV waves to justify plunking down cash for every book we'd like to read.

And at a time when the whole economy is tight-fisted, we're not the only ones with our sights set on the library...

Earlier this week, the Austin-American Statesman reported that more and more Austinites are visiting the libraries. They're using the computer workstations to research job markets, and saving money on entertainment by checking out DVDs, CDs, and books rather than buying them new.

It seems a little silly to even point out that this is a green move; why not share more and more with your neighbors instead of purchasing new items (or even purchasing used)? But sometimes we forget that the simple, little things make a big difference.

Have you noticed a bump in your library's patronage, or started going more yourself?

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