Happy Sunday! How has your weekend been? I’m enjoying the third day of my four day weekend. I had Friday off for working last Sunday and tomorrow is MLK Day and the library is closed so I was lucky enough to get four days off in a row. It always feels like a miracle to have so many days off without using a vacation day. I’ve spent the weekend running errands, cleaning house, reading and knitting. I’ve finished two books since Thursday evening, am well into a third and I am still working on my scarf.
This year I decided that I am going to make use of my library’s Interlibrary Loan system. It is not free – it costs $6 per loan and that is what has kept me from using it in the past. I’ve realized, however, that it’s a perfectly affordable way to gain access to out-of-print books that are either impossible to find or too expensive to buy. For example, after finishing Mrs. Tim of the Regiment I knew I wanted to go on and read Mrs. Tim Carries On. However, when I checked online sources I couldn’t find any copies for less than $50. As much as I want to read the series I am not willing to spend that much on a book. So I turned to the ILL system, put in my request and now have Mrs. Tim Carries On (from the Andalusia, Alabama Public Library) sitting on my nightstand. If I skip going out to lunch one day that will make up the $6 I spent on the ILL – a bargain really. I now have my request in for Guard Your Daughters by Diana Tutton and hope a copy will be on its way to me soon. Do you use your local ILL system (or its equivalent)?
Have a lovely week!