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, 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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