Ready to get out of the house?

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little stir crazy. Maybe it is the cooler weather, but I feel like I need to stretch my legs more than usual. So how about a field trip to the LIBRARY?!

My town’s public library is open. They are running a limited selection of programs, but the books are still waiting for readers.

If your library isn’t open, find out if you can still check out ebooks. It would be a great way to have something to do. You might not be able to physically travel, but books can take you anywhere you can imagine (and a few places you might never have considered).

I know I’ve said it before, but checking ebooks out at the library has advantages.

It is free.

A library patron doesn’t have to pay anything to check out an e-book from the library. Of course, you need a library card and some sort of e-reader to put the book on, but that’s it. Disclaimer: the book’s author sometimes receives a small payment when an e-book is checked out. A possible win-win for everyone.

It is clutter-free.

No physical books to fill your bookshelves. If you’re like me, you may be at the stage in life where you want to get rid of the stuff, not keep collecting it (although this excludes my pig collection – I may never stop collecting those).

It broadens your horizons.

Since there is little downside to borrowing a book, check out a genre you’ve never read in or a new author. Instead of spending money on a book you might not like, check it out from the library. (This would be a perfect way to check out some of the books I’ve reviewed this year. Click here to find a list of books I’ve read.)

All three of my books are available with two different vendors that serve libraries: Overdrive and bibliotheca. If your library uses either of these vendors, you can request that the book be added to your library’s e-catalog. To help the librarian, be prepared with the author name, book name and ISBN (also known as the International Standard Book Number). For example, if you’d like to add my books to your library, you would need to give the librarian my name, Carole Wolfe, the book titles and the book ISBNs.

  • My Best Mistake is 978-0-9993582-0-7
  • My Best Decision is 978-0-9993582-4-5
  • My Best Memory is 978-0-9993582-8-3

With this information, the library can find the book and determine if they want to add it to the catalog. I can’t promise it will happen, though. Librarians have the final say on what books will be included in the library’s catalog, and there are always budget constraints, but it is worth a try.

Feel free to use this same technique for any other books you’d like to see in your local library.

Let me know if you request any books and how it works out. Send me an email at or comment below.

Until next week…

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