Your Public Library Informative - Forget Blockbuster And Netflix - Go To Your Library!

Review by S on 2007-11-10
USA -- Many of you may already know this, but I'm a bit slow to the game.

Last week I finally made it over to our neighborhood public library and signed up as a member. It has been over 20 years since I've used a public library!

Well to my amazement I was like a kid in a candy shop! I had no idea where all my property tax dollars were going until I made the leap and got my library card.

Aside from the gazillion books you can find, I was surprised to see I could also check out:

DVDs - New releases and old stuff
CDs - New and old stuff
Audio Books - Also available online from their website!
VHS Tapes - Pull out the old VHS player and dive even deeper into old movies...

I'm not sure I will ever use Netflix or Blockbuster again. Our library had all the latest DVD movies and CDs for free!

Another nice perk of most libraries is the free access to the internet if you ever need it. Ours has tons of private cubes setup with computers for anyone to jump on and use.

Needless to say this week has been movie week at the Sparticus household... ;-)
Comments:37 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-02-26
Posted by Dan on 2007-11-10:
Great advice Sparticus! Before I relocated to NC I used to go to my local library weekly and I loved it! Unfortunately, where I live now the nearest library is about 35 miles away so it's not really feasible for me to utilize it, but for those of you near them, you really should utilize them. As Spaticus said, your tax dollars fund them so take advantage of them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Great review Spart! (VH)
Chemman, where are you in NC? I'm in Asheville..

BTW Spart, thanks for the info on the insurance, did the same thing and now I will save $600.00 per month! I'm happy...
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-11-10:
VH..good to see some government money is doing some good
Posted by D. on 2007-11-10:
LOL...welcome to the "Basher's World" Sparty! I would have clued you in on this years ago, had I known you weren't aware of it. I've NEVER had the need to rent a video because, as you said they are right there, also you have more time to watch them then you do when you rent. I am lucky enough to have a public library only two mintues from me....and another 3 libraries near by.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Good morning jktshff1 and Little Debbie!

DB, you should read some on them books at the library and stop looking at the pictures.
Posted by MRM on 2007-11-10:
When I first read the title, I said Sparticus must be out of his mind for going to the public library to rent movies and forget about Blockbuster. I still have my public library card that is 10 years old. I hope they will still accept the old card so that I dont have to re-register. Perhaps I shall re-visit my local public library to see if they do have large collection of movies. Thanks for the tip!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-11-10:
MRM...I still have my draft card and library card and they are a lot older than that!!!
morning lid and all.
Posted by Principissa on 2007-11-10:
I take my kids to the library every Saturday to check out books. And they have a story time at 1:00 with a new book each week. I taught my son how to use the card catalog before he learned how to look books up on their computer system. I would rather him go to the library and read than surf around on the internet.
Posted by D on 2007-11-10:
jktshff.. I forgot about draft cards..I wonder what happened to mine.
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-11-10:
Thanks Sparticus for bringing this to the attention of those who were unaware of what's available at the local library. I have a friend who would check out the Audio Books for the five hour drive to visit her family. She didn't mind that drive back knowing she would "finish" her book. VH
Posted by S on 2007-11-10:
Thanks everyone. I figured most of you knew about this secret little world (secret to me!... =)

It is a resource we are definitely going to be using a lot more of... and not just for movies.
Posted by yoke on 2007-11-10:
We use our public library almost every week for DVD's. Our library also has discount vouchers for museums, state parks, etc.
Posted by killerklown on 2007-11-10:
Also, around this area, you can go to the libraries website and place holds on pretty much anything available from any of the libraries in the entire southeastern part of the state, and they bring it to the local library. It really IS like netflix.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Was not aware of all of this, great info and post. I have not been ot a Public Library in years but I need to check them out again. (VH)
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Good reminder, but I'm sworn off of VHS tapes. I'm looking at HD DVD players or might get the HD DVD add-on for my x-box. HD is just too good - I can't go back to ordinary analog video tapes again.
Posted by Dan on 2007-11-10:
PWP, I just bought an HD-DVD player from Wal-mart for $98. It's the Toshiba HDA2, the picture is amazing! I have a projector with a 110" screen so anything that isn't HD is just not acceptable anymore after seeing HD on it. Does anyone know if libraries carry HD DVD's?
Lidman- I'm in Granville county, just outside Wake Forest. I've been to Asheville, it's beautiful up there. I'd like to buy a place there someday.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Thanks Chem, I may be mistaken, but I though I saw a HD DVD player at my SAMs club last week for 49.00. No mistake, here it is.

Posted by Dan on 2007-11-10:
PWP, If you are looking for a true HD DVD player, do not buy that magnovox in the link you posted. The description is kind of misleading, they call it an HDMI DVD player (because it uses an HDMI cable for upscaling), if you read the description it is an upscaling DVD. It will take any standard DVD (480i) and digitally upscale it to any output you want, either 720p, 1080i or 1080p but it will not play HD DVD's which are shot in true HD. I had an upscaling DVD and it does give you a better picture than a standard DVD player, but there is a huge difference with the true HD DVD's. That is a good price for an upscaling DVD player, especially since it comes with the HDMI cable but just be aware you will not be able to play HD DVD's in that player.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Hmmm, cool, thanks for the tip. I'm not in the market for one, but guess I'll get the HD DVD that goes with my xbox 360 elite. Direct TV finally got out to the house and hooked up my HD signal. I must say looks pretty amazing on my Sony Bravia XBR4.
Posted by Dan on 2007-11-10:
PWP, yeah I'd go with the HD add on for the 360, if you decide to get one. I would have went that route but I don't have a 360 so I had to get a stand alone unit. I love my DirecTv HD now too, their new HD satellites have a great picture and now that they have over 70 channels in HD there is no comparison to cable. Those Bravia's have a really nice picture, you can't go wrong with those.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Yeah, I hear ya, when I fired it up that picture leaped off the wall. The XBR4 was a bit more than the standard bravia, but dang it's the sharpest picture I've ever seen, and I've seen a LOT of tvs and monitors in my day. The downside of the Xbox is the noise generated by the fan.
Posted by D. on 2007-11-10:
What's so great about HD? I thought it just made the winkles on people's faces more noticable...and who wants to see more sweat flying off some sport figure? Other than that, what's the big fuss????
Posted by Skye on 2007-11-10:
Good review, but my library is always out of the good and up to date stuff. But I'm reading a very good book.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-11-10:
OF...did ya find the draft card???
Posted by D on 2007-11-10:
Jktshff... I couldn't find it.
If I could I would have it bronzed.
I was one of the lucky ones during 'nam.
When I went for my pre-induction physical, the corpsman to one look at my eyetest and realized that I couldn't hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle, much less shoot a rifle with any effect.
When I left the induction center I went out and got ripsnortin' drunk...
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-11-10:
lmao......yea, luck had a lot do do with it. One of those things that you wouldn't want to do again, but wouldn't trade for anything in the world.
Posted by Dan on 2007-11-10:
DB- I'm a huge sports fan and there is nothing like watching sports in HD, it's as close to being there as you can get without paying the ridiculous ticket prices. Not to mention, with an HD projector setup, it's like having my own movie theater in my house. I no longer go to the movies, I'd rather wait until it comes out on DVD and watch it in the comfort of my own home.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
What projector do you have?
Posted by D. on 2007-11-10:
Old F...I didn't know they had draft cards in the Civil war!
Posted by D. on 2007-11-10:
Chemman...sounds nice...is it kind of a 3D picture?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Chemman, I'm with you. Have a 50' plasma, watching HD on it in my big easy chair is better than the movies. So maay of the sports programs are HD now I get upset when their not.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-11-10:
DB: depends on which side you were on!
Posted by Dan on 2007-11-10:
PWP-I have the mitsubushi HD1000U, it is a 720P projector. They don't make that same model anymore, but the HC1500 is just about the exact same specs. You can get one for around $800 and I made my own screen using the Gooscreen system, it's basically painting your own screen material. All told, my setup cost me around $1100 for a 110" HD screen, with all the cables etc. That's not including my surround sound system. I would highly recommend it if you have the room, one thing with projectors, you need a room without a lot of direct light in it. Mine is in a bonus room and it works out great.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-10:
Sounds great - guess you're hosting the superbowl party this year then.
Posted by fazie on 2007-11-11:
this is also a great place to DONATE those old movies, cd's , books etc.
Posted by BoA Pissed Customer on 2007-11-14:
I knew about this over 30 years ago. My brother used to check out vinyl albums from the local library! I then graduated to VHS, then went to DVD, etc...and the list goes on and on. People, never disregard what the public taxpayers offering has to give the next time you vote, much less, don't criticize the government when they don't "give" you anything...(let's not argue about socialized medicine, though)
Posted by netflixfan2008 on 2008-02-26:
Netflix uses delay tactics. I returned two movies on Thursday, and I don't think I will receive two more until Wednesday the following week.

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