Last week, I took advantage of the opportunity to visit our local library for the first time. It seems kind of strange to me now that we have been living here for two years and it's my first visit to the library, but there you go.
Anyway, I wanted to subscribe and asked how much that would be. The very kind and helpful librarian proudly told me that library subscription is now free, and they get all their funding from the Ministry of Culture. She told me that the number of readers has doubled since the new reform.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to hear that, and subscribed right away. I think it's truly wonderful that libraries are now funded by the Ministry of Culture. I expect our local library will be quite a useful resource now, and perhaps even more so in the future if we stride further down the homeschooling path.
I discovered a shelf of cardboard books, which Shira loves but which are also very expensive, if you take into account that they are small and only have a few pages. Borrowing them will be a great solution.
If you don't have a library close by, you can start a book swap with your neighbors. There will always be, of course, those books you want to have in the house and read again and again, but there are also many books you'll only want to read once, and buying them doesn't make much sense. I used to have neighbors who were my unofficial library for years and years. Many of the books I read while growing up were due to them being so generous with their time and hospitality.
There are also many classics available to read online for free, but nothing can replace curling up in bed or in an armchair with a good book.