american express would like to think their card is the one people should never leave home without, but for me, it’s my library card.

i love the library. i love books. i love reading.

it’s a great way for me to relax and supply my brain with a little exercise. however, i have not been reading as much as i used to, and at the start of 2016, i commenced on a read a book a week marathon. so far, i’m on target to surpass 52 books read for the year. booyah!

anyhoo, back to the library.

by brittany - virginia public library

by brittany – virginia public library

one day i was at the counter of my local library and i saw a free bookmark advertising a service one could use with their library card called hoopla digital. i’ve seen it before, but never picked it up, only this time i did.

when i arrived home, i typed the web address into my phone’s browser and signed up for the service.  later i downloaded the app and i. struck. gold.

this service has so much to offer and one can borrower up to 20 items every month. this includes movies, music, ebooks, audio books and comic books. i read or listen to my downloads via my smartphone or nook tablet.  

what’s also great is there’s nothing to physically return.  borrowed items are automatically returned on their due date or may be returned manually by tapping the “return now” link below the borrowed item. although i’m extremely happy with the service, it doesn’t replace me going to the library, but it is another perk of having a library card.

do you have a library card?