We’re not going to plead with you to start reading more books. That’s a lost cause. The best news about book-reading in the past few years is that the number of young people who don’t read has finally stopped declining.
But if you like music, you should be visiting the Bridgeville Public Library’s web site once each week. Especially if you like free music.
At the top of the Bridgeville library’s web site is a tab that says “Ebooks & Research.” Click this. Then, scroll down a bit and click on “Freegal.” This takes you to a section of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh web site where you can download music for free.
Granted, you can only download three songs per week, but you get to keep them forever. Over the course of a year, that’s between $150-$200 in music at a cost of $0 to you (let’s forget the tax dollars question for now).
Amazingly, the selection isn’t bad. You might expect a public library’s digital song collection to contain little more than “The Best of Bing Crosby’s 1930 B-Sides.”
Well, they do have that, more or less.
But we were also able to download the new Britney Spears/Iggy Azalea single and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.”
For those with more esoteric tastes, we managed to find a bunch of Motorhead albums, Hulk Hogan’s old WWF entrance song “I Am a Real American”, and the entire catalog of Bay Area rapper E-40.
Oh, and if you are into the whole “reading” thing, go back to the Bridgeville library site, click “Ebooks” again, check out some of the places where you can download thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for your computer, iPod, or Kindle.
But of you’re a reader, you should just go to the actual library.