Public Libraries are both temples of knowledge and vigorous defenders of freedom of speech. Lofty idealistic concepts aside, they are also an endless source of free reading material.
Every time I come across an online review or recommendation for a book that sounds interesting to me, I just open up another tab in Firefox and punch a few keys. In a few days, I go downtown and pick up a free copy of that interesting book that so intrigued me!
Lean in closer, young wizards, and I shall divulge wonders beyond your imagination!
That magical secret is MINERVA, the online inter-library network for Maine Public Libraries. If my local branch doesn’t have the book I’m looking for, I can search the entire state through MINERVA– and borrow it from any other branch… delivered right to my local library!
I just love this system so much. Gone are the days when I spent too much money on books. Now I can check them out for free, and then decide which ones are worthy of acquiring for my own library.
Check your library’s website. I’ll bet they have the same system available.