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Chicago Public Library Card: FREE!

This one is for my Book Club Gals…

I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t had a library card in over 10 years. So, this year, when I joined a Book Club started by a group of friends, buying books started to become a little expensive. After several months of buying books from Amazon and Target (and lotsa money later), I FINALLY broke down and made a special excursion to the Harold Washington Library on Saturday.

For those of you not from Chicago, let me just tell you, the Harold Washington Library is gorgeous. Enormous brass doors, a giant marble lobby and books as far as the eye can see. My inner librarian practically reveled in reading the call numbers and hunting for my book.

Not only can you check out books, but there are TONS of periodicals, DVDs, and CDs at your disposal. Next time Josh and I take a long road trip, you can be sure that I’ll be checking out an audio book or two!

One of the greatest benefits of having a Chicago Public Library Card is the online tools. You can renew your book online and place books on hold – you arrive and simply pick them up.

I can’t believe, as a taxpayer, I haven’t been making use of the library. Shame on me. And shame on you if you don’t have a library card, either!