I’ve been busy gathering Highlights magazines to read. My search has turned up 5 issues from years past that I now own. Plus, I went to our local library and borrowed three current issues from this last year. How’s your search for sample issues coming along?
I just have to share some fun news, too. When I went to the library this time, I discovered that for five dollars each year, yes just five dollars, I can become a CHAMPION library member! When I learned of the benefits, I dug in my wallet and handed over a fiver before you could blink your eyes. Here’s what I can now do as a CHAMPION library patron:
1) Borrow up to 100 books at a time. Wow! Before, the limit was 30, so I was always borrowing my sons’ cards when they were little. When they moved out, I started borrowing my husband’s card, too, but that only gave me 60 books at a time and when I’m in the middle of intense research, especially for my nonfiction books, that just never seemed to be enough.
2) Reserve up to 50 books at a time to order in from other libraries. Double wow!!!! I like to do a lot of my search for research books online at home. First I check Amazon to find books that will help me in my research projects. Then I click on over to my library’s site and order them in from other libraries in our system to be delivered to my local library for pick-up. I was always hitting my max, it seemed, and it was sooooo frustrating. No more! Now that I’m a CHAMPION card-holder, I can reserve up to 50 at a time. Woo hoo!!!
3) I also signed up for e-mail alerts that my library books are due 2 days before the due date. This is REALLY awesome!!!! I can’t tell you how many times I support the library through paying late fees. (And how many times my husband has gone to the library to check out books but he gets a big notice that he’s not allowed to use his card until he pays his late fees…ummmm…MY late fees that we forgot about because they were books I checked out on his card. He he. So he’s especially happy that I signed up for this service.
All in all, I felt like a CHAMPION as I left the library with my current issues of Highlights AND my Champion library card. I am ready for the next step of my journey for submitting to Highlights magazine.
So get those sample issues if you haven’t yet, and get ready for Step #4 in my next post!