Just when I think the Public Library cannot be any cooler something new blows my mind.
Early this morning I got the urge to research Scientology.
I’m not looking for a new religion, but I know my knowledge about Scientology is extremely limited.
I think of Scientologists in (possibly) inaccurate ways.
For instance, key words that come to mind when I picture a Scientologist are: “Tom Cruise,” “They believe in an Alien [Extra Terrestrial] ‘God,'” “It’s a cult…” and that’s about it.
Those assumptions may or may not be actual fact… and I’m curious enough to do the research.
I logged on to the Public Library website (on my iPhone), searched through the catalog to find Scientology books/documentaries & wound up stumbling onto a streaming audio book called “Inside Scientology” by Janet Reitman.
I didn’t initially realize that the audiobook was streaming… or temporarily available to “borrow” on my iPhone.
When I realized I wouldn’t even have to visit the library to pick up the audiobook, I got excited. After clicking to “borrow” it- I was redirected to a third party website which prompted me to log in or create an account with them in order to “borrow” media. I did this, and then was allowed to add up to 20 items to my “borrow” list.
20 additional items on top of the 30 you can already check out from the library.
You can have 50 different items out at once from the physical library and the third-party streaming app.
I was able to add “Inside Scientology” to my playlist… and I’m already an hour in.
1 hour down, 14 hours to go.
Yep, listening to this book takes 15 hours.
That seems like a long time… But maybe it’s not. I feel like I need to time myself when I read and see how long it actually takes me to finish a book.
I mean, I say I read a book in two weeks or less, but that’s not giving much time to read daily. If every time I sat down to read, I timed it, and added it all up when I finished… I wonder how long it would actually take?
One thing I noticed with the streaming-app, is that the “borrow” dates are much shorter. Most items you keep for a week or so.
Now, I don’t know if all Public Libraries have this additional app, but I would look into it if you’re interested. The app is called “Hoopla.”