23 February 2020

Non-resident Library Cards, year 3

Every year I do a little research on which libraries across the US will give you an affordable non-resident card that you can obtain without visiting that specific library.  For many years I used the Free Library of Philadelphia, and I will tell you it has been by far my favorite for choices of books and how they not only had a large catalog, but they would also let you request items and often they would purchase it.  I am sad to report that today I discovered they no longer let you buy a non-resident card.

Last year I got a card at the Brooklyn Public Library.  I switched because BPL had many Hollywood books that I had been wanting to read for quite some time.  They have some very unique, very old titles that I had never seen before.  For the last year, I have read every Hollywood book that interested me so I was going to switch back to FLP (Free Library of Philadelphia).

Fairfax County Public Library (Virginia)--you can apply for a card online and it is $27 a year.  Here is the link to their Overdrive site if you would like to look at the catalog before you commit.

Houston Public Library-their The information listed is not clear if you have to show up in person or not to finalize the card, so I would check before you purchase.  $40 per year for a non-resident card.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library-It looks to me that you can do this one solely online and get instant access.  The fee is based on the current tax base and so right now it is $45 per year.

Enoch Pratt Free Library-This one seems like it could be a day or two delay because you have to download the application and email it to the library.  The current fee for non-residents is $50

There are a few more libraries with non-resident cards, but they were all over $50 which is my limit (Austin Public Library and Orange County Public Library.  After looking at the catalogs of the libraries that I found that will do non-resident, BPL has by far the most selections.  I will be renewing that card.

09 February 2020

Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have waited for my e-book turn at the library for what seems like forever. I was kind of sad that this book was so good because I devoured it in two sittings (only because I had to fix dinner for the fam). I pretty much fell in love with Kya from the first moment that Ms. Owens introduced us to her. As I watched her age I saw her do things that I don't think I could ever do and accomplish things I have only dreamed of doing.

The ending made me both sad and happy all at the same time. I won't spoil it for you, but if you like books that will warm your heart along with a little murder then this book is for you. If you don't like the murder part, don't worry, that is not the main topic of the book, at least it wasn't for me...for me it was SURVIVAL. This book was all about survival for me.

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03 February 2020

Review: Dear Edward

Dear Edward Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had no intention of finishing my February Book Club pick in one day. I had no intention of devouring this book and staying up way too late because I could not put it down. I had no intention of falling in love with this story, but I did. First of all (please don't read this if you have not read the book), I do not like airplanes, not one bit and I had an idea that what happened would happen because of the big plane set up, but I never once wavered in the love that I was experiencing while reading this book. I had so many emotions. Not so many tears, but I had so many emotions....and I am sure that I wore a shocked face for much of the time I spent with Edward Adler. We are barely into the new year and I already have read 2 books that I would pick either of them for the "pick" book of the year.

If you have not read this one, you must.

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