Before I give you my handy tip, I just want to remind all my fans to vote. If you remember, Lucy and I had a little argument on Friday on whether cat books or dog books are better. I’m a cat and Lucy is a dog, so it’s obvious where we stand. But what about you? We’re leaving it up to our human fans to settle the issue. So send in your vote NOW, before you read another word!
Okay. Now that you’re finished voting for cat books, it’s time for my handy tip. I know we can’t always run out and buy every single book we want to read. For one thing it costs too much money and for another our bookshelves would explode! Thank goodness for libraries, huh? But sometimes you go to the library and they don’t have the book you want. I don’t mean that it’s already checked out and you have to wait, I mean they don’t have it AT ALL!
Before you say, “Drat. Drat. Double drat!” let me tell you a secret. It’s only two words, so it’s easy to remember. Interlibrary loan. Got that? Let me say it again in case you missed it the first time. INTERLIBRARY LOAN.
Here’s how it works. Your library “checks out” the book you want from another library who does have it. They mail the book to your library and your library checks it out to you. Voila!
Talk to your librarian to find out how they do this. If your library has a website, you might even be able to request an interlibrary loan on-line. Super easy!
And guess what? My top-secret sources tell me that even school libraries sometimes do this! So if you can’t get to the public library, talk to your school librarian. Remember your manners and be sure to bring him or her a little present to thank them for helping you out—a freshly caught mouse would do nicely.
Now there’s no excuse for not finding the books you want to read. Ready, set, GO!