Does something FREE make it less valued? Because you spend lots of money for something, does it make it more treasured?
Good money was given to Santa one Christmas for my eldest son a truck that made motor noises, unloading noises, and a blaring horn. He was interested for a while until he saw his older cheaper truck with dents and the year before mud still stuck to it. He made his own noises, starting and stopping the sounds as needed. Cheaper was more valued.
A child receives a birthday gift costing over what a parent probably should have paid and what does he play with? The FREE box. Cheaper was more valued.
Let’s talk libraries. Because people get to use books, magazines, DVDs, computers, video games for FREE, does that mean we get to treat them roughly because we didn’t have to pay for them?
People pay $6 – $9.50 for movie tickets. When they pay that much to see a movie, they do not want cell phones, noisy kids, or loud talking adults interrupting the show. Sometimes movies, books, magazines, computers, and computer games are used and returned in poor to bad condition. Why?
If people had to pay to use these items, would the items get treated better? Think of the days of VHS tapes. If you did not rewind them, you got charged extra by the movie rental places.
But if the public libraries charged for all of their services, then the libraries would cease to be accessible to the public.
The library has FREE checkout of books, so no need to pay $35 per title.
The library has FREE checkout of magazines, so no need for subscriptions.
The library has FREE use of computers and internet access, so no need to pay for the service or a computer.
The library has FREE State Library access to books on tape and machines for the visually impaired with new titles and select magazines, so no going without good books.
The library has FREE movies available, so no need to pay for satellite, cable, or theater ticket prices.
Let’s use and return those items better than we found them for others to enjoy.
What if these titles got damaged or lost?
Rules for Living by Sharon Sharalike
A Children’s Songbook by Skip Tumalu
Lewd Novels by Ray See
Fish Story by Rod Enreel
How to Read a Book by Paige Turner
Keep it Happy Reading!