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Libraries: The cheaper, greener alternative to book stores
by Peter Daining on November 6, 2009
According to the Green Press Initiative, it takes around 30 million trees to produce all the books in the U.S. And that’s leaving out all the magazines and newspapers that cycle through the average American home.
While most books bought at the store get a few reads, library materials stay in circulation for years, delving out wisdom to many along the way. Libraries also carry local and national newspapers as well as magazines on a wide variety of topics. If you think you’re green by recycling your New Yorker, think again. By reading the exact same pages at the library, you’ll keep one copy completely out of the system.
With regular visits to the library, you don’t need a Kindle or a Nook either. While a Kindle holds hundreds of titles, each aisle of the library holds thousands.
Another nice feature of libraries is they don’t just cater to whatever happens to be popular at a given time, or what’s most likely to sell. That makes library collections much better resources for a wide breadth of knowledge and topics, although you may have to wait a few weeks to read the Twilight series books.
The green movement is a lot like preschool. Patience and sharing must be key virtues of the environmental movement, if it is to succeed. Pop quiz: What’s better for the earth, waiting for a week for your neighbor to finish reading a book, or each buying a copy?
If you haven’t checked out your local library recently, give it another chance. And maybe check out a book while you’re at it. And remember: Having fun isn’t hard when you have a library card. Find a library near you at http://publiclibraries.com.