What’s the Library Worth to You? – 2

The spreadsheet is started since I believe the books I checked out this aft will be in the house on January 1, and it’s easier to count them coming in before they get put on the shelf and the night table.

The current pile clocks in at just over $180 Canadian for nine books, of which five are paperbacks.  I’m not counting books borrowed by family members because trying to keep track of what others are up to would drive me crazy quickly.

The one I’m most intrigued by and looking forward to is Mark Dunn’s Ella Minnow Pea: a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable.

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What’s The Library Worth to You? – 1

Library services seem to be the easiest item to chop from strained municipal budgets these days, even though libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.

Although consistently committing to a project is a challenge for me, this is something I feel passionate about.

The challenge, issued to myself and others is:

keep track of the value of your use of the public library for 2010.  At the end of each month, compare it to what the cost of library services is per citizen per month.  Celebrate the difference and tell everyone!

This is informal and there will be no “library police” checking – but it’ll be interesting to see how the numbers stack up.

My thoughts on counting:

Since I live in Canada, I will count the price of each book checked out in Canadian dollars, usually printed somewhere on the cover or book jacket.

Movie rentals will be counted at the going rate for renting from the video store (not the purchase price).

Computer use in the library will be counted at the going rate at the internet cafe for the time used.

Not every book checked out will be listed in the blog, but I will keep track via spreadsheet of the dollar value and post at intervals.  The most interesting books will doubtless figure either in posts or in the bookshelf list on the right-hand side of the blog.

Who else is up to do this?  Thoughts, anyone?

And does anyone know how to make a badge to celebrate this that could be shared in the blogosphere?

I’m already at $28.99 as I have a book that we’ll be reading through New Year’s, Light Up Your Child’s Mind: Finding a unique pathway to happiness and success, by Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis.

Subsequent posts will describe exactly HOW I know that libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries, so stay tuned, and feel free to share your own thoughts and experiences!