Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tax Dollars Hard at Work

Well, I can't say that about several government-funded (i.e., you-funded) programs, but I give props to my county library system for sort of giving Barnes & Noble a run for the money. In other words, I finally got myself a library card (my first since grade school, not counting using my college ID as a de facto library card in college). I pay my taxes - I'm not quite sure whether it's sales taxes or property taxes that funnel to the local library system - so I had better take advantage of what my neighbors and I have been paying for all along.

The best thing that comes with the card, in my opinion, is access to netlibrary.com, which holds the library's collection of eAudiobooks and eBooks. Theoretically, I don't have to go out of my way to the nearest county branch to find a book for free. Unfortunately, the county's collection of eBooks is scant with a few self-help books, Cliff's Notes-type books, and not much else. The eAudiobooks collection (populated with DRM-filled Windows Media files) is slightly better, with a couple of Dan Brown, Stephen King, etc., novels "on tape" and more variety. I am a new fan of the language studies section of eAudiobooks.

I think I'm well on my way to be a polyglot. Now, if I can only make enough money for the plane ticket...

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