I've mentioned in previous posts that I am quite the bargain shopper. I love my Kindle to death, however, it just isn't economical for me to buy books on the Kindle at the rate that I read. Well, my good friend told me about an AMAZING thing...and I thought I would share with you all, and let you know what books I got!
A couple of months ago, we went through her bookshelf and got rid of all the books that she no longer wanted. I took some of them, and the rest were to be donated to the library. She's a busy girl, so it's been a while, but she finally took the books to the library this past weekend. When she carried her box of books in, she noticed that there was a book sale going on. Now the libraries around here do that a lot (I guess as a fundraiser --although at the prices, I'm not sure that they are making a whole lot of money -- but who knows). I had been to the one at the Sandy Springs library a few years back, and had a ball. At the Sandy Springs library there was an entire room just filled with paper backs, hardbacks and books on tape. It was incredible. I walked into a mecca of books!
Well my friends, at the Dunwoody library this weekend, you could go and fill up a bag of books (one of the paper bags from the grocery store) and pay $6 for the whole bag. Don't act surprised---I filled up two bags! I spent a total of $12 on 34 books! A few of the books were for my friend...but here are the ones I kept.
I mean -- SERIOUSLY!? I will be set for at least 6 months? That's not including all the books on my TBR shelf...which in case you were wondering there are 90. Just sayin.
While I was at the book sale, one of the ladies I spoke with told me about a website that is dedicated to letting people know when and where there were book sales. Check this out -- Book Sale Finder. You go in and type in the state you are looking for a book sale for and they will list ones that are at libraries, non-profit organizations -- anywhere!
Obviously, I won't be needing to go to another book sale for quite a while, and honestly I should probably consider having one of my own...
Another thing that I heard that upset me was about the budget cuts that are going on. In DeKalb County (not my county, so I'm not sure how Fulton's budget cuts went), they cut the budget from almost 2 million dollars down to 200k. Are you kidding me? How are these libraries supposed to fill their shelves? Are they going to have to start making people pay to check out books. Honestly, I am appalled. Last year they cut a lot of things out of the budget in the school systems (like physical education and music programs), and now this? What is going to happen to our children? I know there probably isn't a whole lot that I can do about this, but it sickens me that children are going to be growing up in a world without books.
Where do you find that you buy books most often? Do you go to bookstores? Do you just check books out from the library? If the library decided to charge a membership fee for renting out books, would you still go?