2. So your children will see a place where people, lots of people, think books are cool.
3. To watch the librarians sit at the check-out desk doing stuff on the computer and wonder what they are doing. Researching books? Solitaire? Blogging?
3. So your children will know books are important to you.
4. So you can win the stares of the librarians as you go to the self-checkout with seventy-five books. Checking out seventy-five books takes way to long at the self-checkout, as the librarians well know, but you can't go to the regular check-out because there's still that one book you can't find and is now two months overdue. And you're pretty sure the librarians know exactly what you are doing. If your children are with you, you can use them as a shield and pretend they are insisting you go to the self-checkout so they can help checkout books. Even though they never do this.
5. So libraries can get funding to buy more books—libraries are generally funded based on circulation and use.
6. So you can hang your head with shame as your fines add up to well above ten dollars. Then you nod gratefully as the librarian tells you that your fines will only be ten dollars because they never charge more than that for fines. (You sort of have to pretend you didn't know that they always reduce fines to ten dollars, because otherwise you will feel very guilty that you waited for your fines to build and build...).
7. So your kids can have every option in the world available to them and they can try on all different kinds of books on for size—books you will never find at Barnes and Noble.
7. So your account on the library website can look like this: