Simple Green: Use the Library

Simple Green: Use the Library

Laure Joliet
Jul 2, 2008

Let's start with disclosing that we're avid readers. Like super-avid-have-fights-with-the-bf-
over-the-light-being-on-oh-my-gosh-gotta-check-out-Gregory's-post on-reading-lights kind of avid. We like novels, old design books, new design books and how-to manuals and can go through a couple of books a week. Our shelves were overflowing so we started giving books away as we finished them, but knew there must be a better way. Like a way to maybe rent books. But where?

When we were in elementary school we were enrolled in the Summer Reading Program at the local library and read our way through all of Judy Bloom and Beverly Cleary, but then our loyalty to the library seemed to have evaporated. No longer!

Yes we recently trotted down to the Santa Monica Public Library got a library card and haven't looked back since. We try to go every Monday to replenish our stock of design books, new novels, garden inspiration and how-to's and they even have dvd's and it's all free! We know, we didn't believe it either.

How is it green? Well, it might be obvious, but we'll spell it out: instead of buying a new book, you're renting one that tons of other people will read too, so you not only are cutting down on new books being printed, but you're creating space in your home by not having an overflowing bookshelf. You can therefore live in a smaller space, or just be happier (like we are) living in the same space but with less clutter.

So have you been checking out the library? Anyone go to the Santa Monica Library? Anyone do book swaps with friends or through services?

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