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Part One of “Library Cards While On The Road” . . . .
A few posts ago, when Reggie and I are at Poverty Flats, I excitedly report that I obtained a library card at the Moapa Valley Library in Overton, Nevada, and that I checked out several DVDs for evening entertainment. I think I got seven DVDs good for seven nights. Something like that.
In the blog comments following my library card announcement, readers suggest a further benefit of such a marvelous acquisition.
“RVSue! Now you can use the card to download books from that library wherever you are!”
Thus, after moving to another camp, I go online to try downloading free books from the Moapa Valley Library. Visions of book jackets dance in my head.
I’m so happy, I’m so happy, I’m as happy as happy can beeeeee! . . . What?
My card is not accepted.
I try several times and a message pops up each time: “Contact your library.” I spring to the phone to see what is the matter.
The librarian succinctly explains that downloading books to an e-reader or computer is for resident cardholders only.
Well, how very disappointing.
On the bright side, I do see this message on the back of my library card:
“The Nevada library card may be used at any participating library in the state.”
Well, how very nice.
Part Two of “Library Cards While On The Road” . . . .
Reggie and I are presently camped near Blythe, California. We go into town and I obtain a Palo Verde Valley library card.
Yay! Okay, now to pick out some DVDs . . . . Wait . . . What’s this?
I read the sign by the check-out desk. I paraphrase: “You may check out one DVD at a time, for one day only, and for the price of one dollar.”
Well, how very disappointing.
I don’t want to complain, but I am compelled to make a point.
As gently and politely as I’m capable, I mention to the woman at the desk that the policy is okay for someone who lives in town.
For someone like me, however, the policy requires that I make two round-trips into town on consecutive days for a total of 44 miles on the road. Sure, I can combine one of those round-trips to the library with other errands, but not again the very next day.
The library woman has a solution.
“Do what some people do. Check out a DVD on Saturday. Since we’re closed on Sunday and you can’t return it that day, you can keep it until six o’clock on Monday,” she suggests, smiling brightly.
Oh, wow. Okay.
I tell you this story to illustrate that you will encounter different policies as you travel from one library system to another. The library in Overton spoiled me!
As for Reggie, he thinks the library in Blythe is super! It has grass and trees where he can play!
Well, that’s great, Reggie!
On the homefront . . . .
In the previous post I tell you about the strong wind and blowing dust situation here at Midland Long-Term Visitor Area. It’s still windy today, but not all the time and not nearly as strong. The sky is pale blue and clear of clouds, the sun is bright, and the temperatures are in the 50s and 60s during the day. Chilly, but I’m not complaining. It IS winter.
Rusty and Lady Piper are camped near us.
At sunset yesterday, when the wind finally abated, Reggie and I walk over for a visit. Throughout the day Lady Paper watched the Best Little Trailer for any sign of life.
Lady Piper is outside a lot. She likes this chilly weather!
“C’mon, Reg. Let’s go over for a visit!”
Piper perks up as we come closer to her camp.
Rocketman launches into orbit!
In the next post . . .
Finally the refrigerator situation will be resolved. A plan is in progress that will bring the delights of refrigeration back to the Best Little Trailer! More about that in the next post!
NOTE: How does one access books and movies while on the road?
You can download books from amazon.com for free or at the lower kindle price. Book sites like gutenburg.org or bookbub.com offer free and low-priced books, too. Movies can be streamed through Amazon, Netflix, and others.
RV parks, campgrounds and dispersed camping areas may have a lending library where you can borrow or trade books. Sometimes RVers trade books and DVDs between themselves. Of course, low-cost books and DVDs may be found at thrift stores, too.
If you know additional ways to access books and DVDs, I hope you will share in the comments section. Do you have a book or movie to recommend?
ANOTHER NOTE: This post is NOT a complaint against the library in Blythe. Their strict policy is in response to frequent thefts of DVDs. — Sue
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