An amazing new service that will change your life!

I just found out about this amazing new service. It’s like Netflix but it also has books and music. It also compels you to get exercise and to meet your neighbors. And best of all, it’s totally free!

Ok, I lied about it being new and about just discovering it. The service is called the Seattle Public Library and it’s one of the most amazing parts of living in this city. Even if our neighborhood branch looks a little silly:

Like a colonialist with a robotic arm

Making the switch from being a media buyer/renter, to a patron of the library isn’t going to save you huge bucks (when we canceled our netflix subscription, it was like $7 a month). The biggest change is accepting the idea that one need not own something to get full enjoyment out of it. Borrowing it for a few weeks is good enough.

In other words, you no longer need to stockpile media in your home. Our CD collection fits in a few CD booklets. Our movie collection fits in a drawer, with room to spare:

And it’s mostly Lord of the Rings

Our bookshelf is tucked in the corner of the bedroom, and mostly contains books that fall under the category of “stuff I’d like the kids to read when they’re a little older,” starting with The Hobbit, and working up to Cryptonomicon.

The exercise part comes from the fact that the library has no parking so I usually walk or ride my bike there. And getting to know your neighbors is just an effortless side-effect of being in a public place every so often.

You’re already paying for your local public library through taxes, so you might as well enjoy the benefits!

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13 thoughts on “An amazing new service that will change your life!”

  1. Awesome post! We are working on downsizing, but it is so hard to get rid of books! Our library in town is great for kids, but not for adults. They work hand in hand with the public schools, so they always have a large variety of kids’ books, but they don’t get even the most popular new releases in the adult section. Seems like all of those books are more than 50 years old! Anyway, we’re hoping to move to an area with a better library, so I finally broke down and sold most of what I have. I really do enjoy my life better when I’m surrounded by less clutter. I’m more likely to remember and use the things that I value most when they aren’t buried under mountains of stuff!

    1. Thank you! I agree, books are the hardest media to get rid of. CDs you can burn onto the computer, and DVDs…well, I never watch them anyway.

      That’s a shame about your library. Maybe you could talk to an elected official about using some of the library funds for new adult books?

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