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Old 03-15-2006, 07:51 AM   #21
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Whoa. Do you speed read? Like sliding your finger across the page as you devour line by line?

I get through about 2 pages a day at bedtime as I drift peacefully off into my usual power-sleep. Wonder what will happen in retirement...
I dont know how people can read sliding their finger across the page like that. Too distracting.

I think reading fast for me resulted from lots of practice going back to early childhood. The height of my reading prowess was when I was about 10 to 12, when all I would do was read, read, read. From Heinlein to Tolstoy. Then, of course, puberty intervened.
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Re: The Public Library
Old 03-15-2006, 08:11 AM   #22
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I go to the library at least once a week; have done so for years.* And I use the online capability to check my status and books availability.* We've used their DVDs, CDs, but not the internet connections there.* It's a great service and a real money-saver.* I seldom buy books anymore, save some of the ones recommended on this forum (ESR Bob, the Kaderlis) because if I just remain patient, the library will get what I want to read, and then I can drop it off at any location. I have also donated a couple hundred books over the years. IMHO Library attendance is the closest thing to a mandatory function of ER.*
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:37 AM   #23
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I was at the library yesterday for my weekly visit. I had two books on reserve to pickup. I even get hubby to accompany me once or twice a month since he retired.
A few yrs back our library was getting very overcrowded so they organized a fundraiser. I don't remember what their goal was but a very wealthy widow (she/late husband owned an international catalog co.) made a healthy donation of 5 million dollars. People in the area were so impressed that another 5 million in pledges came pouring in. Needless to say we had an enormous expansion to our library!
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:39 AM   #24
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Whoa. Do you speed read? Like sliding your finger across the page as you devour line by line?

I get through about 2 pages a day at bedtime as I drift peacefully off into my usual power-sleep. Wonder what will happen in retirement...
Man, you folks are awesome. When I tuck up in bed with a book at night I am lucky to get in a page, sometimes I get a paragraph or two, sometimes it seems like I read/reread the same paragraph the whole week. Maybe I need more sleep? Maybe I need to retire.
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:49 AM   #25
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Just went to the library yesterday. Got 5 books, 4 of which were travel guides for Orlando. It's great to be able to request the latest and greatest assortment of travel guides, have them sent to your local branch and pick them up in a few days.

I'll probably flip through the orlando books and may use them a little for planning an upcoming trip, but then I'll most likely never use them again. The library is a great source for that kind of book - one you need on a temporary basis and never plan to re-read.

The library's internet interface makes searching the catalog and requesting books extremely easy. Renewal online with reminder emails. How great is that?
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:51 AM   #26
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I'm a regular at the library also, love the books on cd and online reserving. Our library is part of a multi county system and it is all free as long as you pick up the books you reserver within 3 days, otherwise they charge you a $1/book. My only probably is when I reserver 4 books that all say long wait and 3 show up at the same time a few days later from 3 different libraries.

The big thing for my DW and me are the book sales, we hit 3 or 4 a year (probably more now that I'm retired). You buy books for 50 cents to a dollar each. Take as long as you want to read them (maybe sell a few on eBay if you're lucky) and donate the rest back to the next book sale.

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I have been a big fan of the local libraries forever. I have moved quite a bit over the years and always have gotten a library card as one of the first things that I did when moving into a new area.

I regularly recommend books, CD's and DVD's for them to purchase. 100% of my suggestions have been acted on.* I am quite often to first person to read the book when they release it to the public. I make most of my requests on line at their website as well as reserving books, CDs and DVD's there also.*

Mr Carnegie had a wonderful idea. Actually I believe that Ben Franklin initiated it originally, but it is a wonderful resource.

My DW on the other hand, is a big owner of books. Even though she is a professional librarian, she has to personally own and retain as many books as possible.
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I was from a very poor family when I was a child. *I can remember my older sister taking me to the library. *I can remember the feeling of astonishment that I was allowed to take books home with me. *It was amazing. *I did not have any books at home. *The earliest books that I can remember was Raggedy Ann and Andy, then the Bobsey Twins, Nancy Drew and on and on.
We were poor, too; when we'd do the semi-annual shopping for clothes, I'd beg my mom to buy me one or two books instead.* Sometimes, she gave in and bought me the books plus the clothes.

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One of the things that is different about the USA is our libraries. Between Tom Jefferson, Ben Franklin and Andrew Carnegie (funny that he went back to Scotland in the end, eh?), we have a tradition that is unique in the whole world, in my experience.
Yes, public libraries would rank up in my list of what I love most about living in the US.* We have school libraries in the Philippines but the only public libe I was able to borrow from in the Philippines was the Thomas Jefferson Library in Makati.*

The public libraries here in the US are awesome!
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Love the library too. I have a long commute, and books on CD really help pass the time. If I had the time, I'd work my way through thousands of books, just for the sheer pleasure of acquiring knowledge. Imagine how much you could learn if you were able to choose what you read every day (instead of your boss/customers)?
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Library good.

I have to be obsessive about putting the due dates in my calendar app, though.
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Wonder what will happen in retirement...
You'll read more, you'll read whatever you want, and it probably won't be related to your occupation.

My reading has at least tripled since retirement, but so has the size of my reading list...
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