Thanks Chicago Public Library!

I’ve been sharing with you my love of the library and my obsession with my new Kindle. They have now morphed together. This morning as I was going through my Twitter feed, I discovered the Chicago Public Library is now offering e-books for my Kindle. Yes I shrieked with delight in my apartment, causing my two cats to look at my like I was insane.

I read the Sun-Times article and was pleased to know that the Chicago Public Library has multiple digital copies of the best-selling books to borrow. All you have to do is log onto the site and enter your library card number and zip code. 3,546 books at my fingertips for free. And I don’t have to worry about late fees! Sign me up now.

I immediately logged onto the Chicago Public Library site to view what was available and I was not surprised to find myself looking at a wait list for many of the best sellers. As Jen commented on my post about the potential Amazon digital library, many people don’t want to wait on these lists. That’s fine for you all, but this girl is adding herself on the wait list now. The nice thing is is that the site shows you how many copies of the e-book are available and how many people are on the waiting list.

Since I have gotten my Kindle, I have been devouring books like crazy. I’m a firm believer that the more you read the better you write.  This discovery is going to feed into my desire to read and desire to write. Winter in Chicago is coming and I think I just figured out what I’m going to do holed up in my apartment when the snow comes.

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Is a Library a Library Without Books?

I was a library junkie when I was a kid. I grew up spending my summers with the Chicago Public Library, first completing the summer reading program and then as a volunteer. I love the smell of books and browsing the shelves for a new find. I still do.

I saw the headline “Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?” on the Time website. Colleges are now creating bookless libraries with lots of seats and computers that have access to the library’s collection of electronic materials.

I suppose this was bound to happen with the advances in technology, but it poses a few great questions. What happens when a server goes down or a power outage happens? How do you access any materials? How do you archive your materials?

I’m old school and I know it. I like being able to make notes on paper and highlight things. Those techniques are what helps me write and outline the point I want to convey to others. Sure you can do all of that on the iPad and the Kindle. Some of you would probably call me a tree killer.

As I wrote in an earlier post, I still love to write drafts out on a legal pad or a journal to outline my thoughts. I couldn’t think of being in college and not having books to put notations with Post-It notes.

What do you guys think? Is a library a library without books? Or is it just a study room? Do you think that bookless libraries are going to be the new trend? Leave me a comment below or tweet me.