Thursday, April 3, 2008

Brooklyn: Not very book-smart

I always thought New York City was probably one of the most advanced places in the world. But just because you can hang a few shiny bulbs in Times Square evidently doesn't mean you're at the technological forefront-- or any other forefront, for that matter. I mean, in what other city do you still regularly find pay phones?

I know I've ranted before about how backward the Brooklyn Public Library seems compared to that in Columbus. Maybe it's not a fair comparison- Columbus has one of the best library systems in the country. But still, couldn't my local branch at least install a book drop?

Well now my local branch has gone one step further and CLOSED for two years for renovations. The branch itself was nothing special, but the location was extremely convenient. It's right by Paul's gym, so I could recruit him to drop off my books or pick up my reserves. Now I'll have to either go to a branch further away in our neighborhood and off the subway line or one on the line on my way home from work. I'm inclined toward the latter, but that will mean lugging my library books all the way to work on the train.

Sometimes I really miss driving.


  1. Awww Diane, that stinks! I never appreciated the Columbus library until I had kids -- now I go there at least once a week!

  2. My only real complaint about the Baltimore County library branch near me is there is no driveby drop-off box, and little free parking nearby. I walk by there just about every day, so it's not that big of a deal, but still. I love the library and get books from there all the time. I don't know why more people don't use it!

  3. I miss using the library here! It's too far out of my way though, and there's a bookstore on my way home - so instead I've ended up buying lots of books that I probably won't ever read a second time. Columbus did have a really great library system.

    You know what would be great - a Netflix-style library book delivery system :)

    P.S. There's at least one pay phone here still! We have one in my store at the service desk. But a lot of the time we just let people use one of the store phones anyway.



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