Any Anderson County resident can save many thousands of dollars each year with just a library card like one member of the Anderson Public Library who has saved nearly $8300 and counting.
Toni Harrison is an avid reader and enjoys checking out a bag of books nearly every week from the library. “It’s my entertainment,” Toni said as she explained that she utilizes the online catalog extensively to find books to read.
“It’s very simple for someone who is not proficient in computer programs,” Toni explained. She also has found the new catalog system that replaced the older system recently is much better and easier to use.
With the new catalog system, Toni has been able to keep an eye on just how much she saves in borrowing books from the library instead of buying them new at book stores. She said that she has saved $8292 this year alone, checking out approximately 250 to 270 books.
With a love of fiction books from writers like Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, Harlan Coben and many more as well as non-fiction writers like Bill O’Reilly, Toni has been able to read as much as she likes without spending a cent on purchasing new books.
She also enjoys how the staff at APL have helped her with questions and concerns when learning to use the online catalog. “It’s so wonderful here and helpful. If you have a question, they are the first ones to answer it. They are the best group of people,” Toni said.
Toni encourages everyone who may not want to try something new, particularly with technology, to give the online catalog a try. She explained that APL staff are always ready to help.