Susan Bartel

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my reading time gets squeezed out of my busy schedule. Actually, this is probably not exactly true, because I do spend a lot of time reading things on my computer screen: I read my email, and I read facebook posts, and I read patron account screens, and then I check a few websites for current news and events, etc.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my reading time gets squeezed out of my busy schedule. Actually, this is probably not exactly true, because I do spend a lot of time reading things on my computer screen: I read my email, and I read facebook posts, and I read patron account screens, and then I check a few websites for current news and events, etc.

But I’m talking about “book” reading. But actually, the lines are pretty blurred here, too. Right before I go to bed at night and sometimes on the weekend, I read a physical book with pages that turn. However, I also always have an audio book going in my car to listen to when I’m out and about. I also usually have a Playaway (think of an entire book on a player the size of a deck of cards) or story loaded on an MP3 player for when I’m gardening or painting.

 So far, I haven’t downloaded a book to my iPhone yet. I still prefer physical books for this. But when it comes time to travel, especially by air, I’ll be making use of this service, too.

 Of course, the library offers all of these “reading”  forms for free: books, audiobooks, and Playaways can be physically checked out with a free Library card. eBooks and audio books can be downloaded for free through the Library’s website from either the Sunflower eLibrary or the Kansas EZ Library (which requires a free Kansas library card). And, even the computer “reading” access is free at the Library!

 Sometimes I have to remind myself that, while I may not sit and read a book as much as I’d like, I do squeeze quite a bit of “reading” into my day.