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Why Men Should Join a Library
I was recently told by a friend that a male acquaintance of his "...has
never married, although he enjoys female company. He seems to prefer joining a
library to buying a book."
This struck me as a colourful analogy and provoked some unprecedented thinking. As a result, I offer the following
observations on this literary topic with neither apology nor further explanation:-
There are many advantages to joining a library:-
- Library costs are far more reasonable than those of a book shop. More
book for your buck.
- If you start reading a book borrowed from the
library, only to find
that you're not really enjoying it, you can return it without even
bothering to finish it. And, most importantly, without feeling guilty.
- You can borrow all kinds of books that you would
never dream of buying - even if you could afford them.
- If you enjoy a particular library book you can pass it on to your
pals without having to worry about losing it.
- You can have the latest glamorous "coffee table" books on
display in your home without bankrupting yourself.
- If the fancy takes you, it's easy to borrow a cheap paperback thriller
from the library for an occasional change.
- You can always have a quick browse in a corner of the
library to see
if a book is really worth borrowing. In fact most libraries actively
encourage it by providing comfortable accommodation.
- You don't necessarily have to take a library book home with you. If
you're a quick reader, or if its an inconsequential book, you can finish
it off there and then.
- If you think you can handle them there's nothing to stop you borrowing
several library books at once.
- When you're ill in bed, you can ask one of your
pals to pop into the library and pick up something for you.
- And he can take it back to the library when you're finished with it.
- You can even ask your more reliable pals if they think a particular
book is worth borrowing from the library.
- One week you can borrow "Car Maintenance at Home" and the
next "Needlework for Fun and Profit" - and its nobody's
business but yours.
- If your library book is overdue it's no big deal. Payment of a trivial
fine will solve the problem.
- If you can't find what you're looking for, your friendly
always on hand to assist.
- If the library hasn't got what you want, they'll get it for you.
- If they can't get it for you, it's probably because it just doesn't
- When a book becomes old and tattered it's the
- If you're a speed reader with a voracious appetite, you can borrow as
many books as you want from the library as often as you want.
- Your thirsts for knowledge and
entertainment will be much easier to quench in a library.
- Libraries cater for all tastes - so you should eventually find
something that satisfies you.
- As you mature and your tastes change, so you
can simply move to a
different section of the library.
At the same time there are also disadvantages to joining a
- A library is not open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Copyright © 2001 Barry Downs