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One Thing I Learned By Sitting Around With a Broken Ankle

Friday, August 29, 2014

First let me say that I am healing up, and am now weaning myself off of the boot. Next week I will start with some additional exercises per the doctor as well as get on a stationary bike at the gym. I don't have a date to start running yet, but will play that by ear (and pain level). So that’s all good.

Don’t get all excited and think that I had some great epiphany while staring at the walls for the past few weeks. The truth was that I was bored out of my mind. For the first few weeks I slept a lot, probably because my body was using its resources to fix the broken bone and damaged soft tissue. I had the luxury of naps because I am currently unemployed. Of course being unemployed with a broken ankle added additional stressors onto my already stressed out situation, but I decided not to let it get to me because there wasn’t a whole lot I could do about it. During this time, I was at least proactive by sending out a ton of resumes and contacting people in my network, and I have had a couple of interviews. But I digress.

The thing that I discovered while laid up is all of the awesome resources available online through my public library. Yep. The library. I love libraries and always have. I have always been a big reader, and when in grade school would check out a stack of books that were so high I could hardly carry them. Once the librarian asked me if I was going to read all those books and my Mom told her, “Yes she will.”

So during one of my more bored moments I got online at my library to see what was available at my local branch. My thought was to put books that I wanted to read on hold and then have my BF drive me there to pick them up. I never really noticed the online resources before, since I always GO to the library, but I decided to check out what was available. This is what I found:

• Books and Audio Books – you can download books to your Kindle or your computer’s browser. However, there are only a few available at a time, so if other readers have checked them out, you have to wait for them just like a “real” book. Once you download them, you have 2-3 weeks to read them, and then the online system takes the book back. No fines!

• Music – you are allowed 5 free downloads per week. While my library doesn’t have all the music in the world, it has a pretty good selection, and I downloaded some old tunes that I like – Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine, Don’t Stop Believin’.

• Magazines and Newspapers – I like Consumer Reports, and I used to subscribe, that magazine is a bit expensive and I don’t need all of the information in every issue. Unless you have a subscription, you can’t access the rating information and other content on the Consumer Reports web page. However, if you go through the library system, you can access everything. For free!

• Streaming Video – You can watch movies and TV shows on your computer, tablet, or phone via Hoopla (you download the app to your device). It’s free and you simply check them out. Just like with books, after the lending period, the videos are automatically returned.

• Databases – the databases offered by our library covers a lot of information such as local historical records and maps, driving tests, medical information, business information, e-books, genealogy searches, online tutoring, demographics, reference books, and more.

While this resource provided me with information and entertainment during these past few weeks, I will continue to use it going forward, because once I am working again, I know I will be too busy to go to the library to check out books, and more importantly to return them on time.

If you have not already done so, look at what you library has to offer online. You may be pleasantly surprised, and you may find resources to make your life easier, and more affordable.
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  • ABBY_G
    That's awesome that you found the library had so many resources that you can access!
    2027 days ago
    Carolyn, I am glad to hear you are making such good progress with your healing.

    I am a HUGE fan of the library.... a few weeks ago, a friend gave me a ton of books as she and her husband are moving. Who buys books??? She must have had thousands of dollars worth of books in her house. I can see investing in reference books that you'll keep going back to, but "fun" reading? Crazy! I am enjoying them, though!

    I didn't know that you could go through the library's website for access to magazines and streaming content. NEAT!!! Thanks for the tip!

    Glad you are healing
    2036 days ago
    At our library, we have all the electronic resources you speak of but it's severely restricted (and you mention some of them), and according to the librarians, the restrictions are due to the publishers. Physical media is still the way to go. For example, we're allowed to check out 20 DVDs at a time!

    PS: Glad your ankle is healing!
    2037 days ago
    Thanks! Libraries have so much to offer today!
    2037 days ago
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