One Reason I Love My Library

Hermosa Beach Public Library
I’ve been reading up on networking for introverts.  As an introvert (off the chart!) networking is more terrifying than . . . well, just about anything. I read a blog on on introverted leaders that intrigued me. The majority of people feel that leaders need to be over-the-top extroverts to be successful. It turns out that this is not the case. Introverts can be great leaders too, if they learn to utilize their unique strengths. This is the best news I’ve heard in a long, long time.

I’ve decided to take responsibility to make my life as successful as I think it should be. I went on the library’s online catalog to look up some resources to study. I put a few books on hold through the online catalog.  That’s right, anyone with a library card can do it.  And it’s free!  At least it is still free at the County of Los Angeles Public Library.  Other libraries around the Southland are starting to charge for holds.

Here’s the email I got today notifying me that the books I requested have arrived and are waiting for me to pick up. You see, it doesn’t matter that your local branch is small. That local branch has access to all of the materials in all the other branches in that library system. In this case, that is the Los Angeles County Library system with about ninety branch libraries. That is a lot of resources.

County of Los Angeles Public Library Home Page

The best thing is that the majority of these resources are free. Totally free! That makes your library card the best card in your wallet. All of your other cards, bank cards, debit cards, credit cards, all cost you money. You have to pay up for all the stuff you bought with them. Pay up plus interest!

But everything you get with your library card is free. As long as you return everything by the due date.

Subject: County of Los Angeles Public Library
Friday, August 26, 2011

Hermosa Beach Library
90254  310-379-8475

The items you placed on hold are now available.  You can pick them up at the
library listed above.

They will be held for two weeks, until the date listed below.
You can check your account by visiting our website at

Confessions of an Introvert: The Shy Girl’s Guide to Career, Networking and Getting the Most Out of Life / by Meghan Wier.
Wier, Meghan.
call number:650.1 WIER                                  copy:1
Pickup by:9/8/2011

Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength / Laurie
Helgoe, Laurie A.
call number:155.232 HELGOE                              copy:1
Pickup by:9/8/2011

Why Should Extroverts Make All the Money / Frederica J. Balzano with Marsha Boone Kelly.
Balzano, Frederica J.
call number:650.13                                      copy:1
Pickup by:9/8/2011