libraryicon.pngThese days, so many people I know go to the bookstore when they want to read something new. Going to the library doesn’t even occur to them.

How has this happened? I really don’t know. But it’s just another branch of consumerism, and all those books that we read just once become clutter in our lives, collecting dust on shelves in our homes. And then we need bigger and bigger homes to store all those books that we hardly read anyway, because we’re all too busy earning the money to pay for the books that we hardly even bothered to read more than once.

The logic is twisted.

So go get a public library card—when a new book comes out that you want to read, check the online library catalogs before rushing to the bookstore for your own personal copy. You’ll save a huge amount of money over the years.

And while you’re at it, why not take along those books you don’t plan to read again and donate them to the library or a thrift shop so others can read them as well!

Author Leanne Veitch is a mother of two living on an organic farm in New Zealand. She writes about activism, simple living know-how and her experiences on the farm at her blog, Hazeltree Farm