Growing up in a small town, my family looked forward to walking to our local library at least once a week. The one rule my mom had was that I could only check out as many books as I was willing to haul home.
When my son was born, I wanted a handy supply of books to read to him, but babies and quiet libraries don’t always mix. Then I discovered I could request library books online and pick them up from the hold shelf as soon as the library notifies me they’re in — so we’re in and out in minutes. These days, my son is an avid reader and we visit the library twice a week.
With the online ordering system, I also have access to books in the entire library system, not just from the local branch. My son can get specific volumes in a series and not have to choose from whatever happens to be on the shelf the day we go in — just as long as he can carry them all home.