Before Breakfast - Stop by the library

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is to make a trip to your local library. It may have been awhile since you've gone, but this is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to bring some Serendipity into your life.

Libraries are great resources, but many people aren't in the habit of using them even people who were probably stopped when many libraries closed during the worst early days of the Cove in pandemic. These days places are slowly opening back up. So it might be worth checking your branches hours and putting a note on your calendar to stop by.

Why well, when people are out and about less and seeing fewer people as is the case for many of us these days it can be harder to bring new information into our lives we go to the same websites that we always do the algorithms of social media show us a lot of the same stuff that we've liked before.

A visit to the library can change that quickly. I walk to my local branch the other day and noticed all sorts of flyers on the bulletin board. These brought a vast number of virtual events to my attention and advertise local exhibits to whether I go to any of these or not. It was interesting to think about Horticulture and art and music and tutoring programs for a few minutes inside the Library the library instead of range new releases on the front wall. It wasn't so much that I was interested in any titles in particular but I noticed that I was immediately drawn to title that I had seen before for some reason usually that I had a review copy or a friend had written about the book. I realized that familiarity breeds affection a point that I wound up using the newsletter topic. So here I was barely passed the front door and I already had a new idea then perusing the stacks can trigger all sorts of insights to have gravity.

Number of titles that struck my fancy for some reason or another in the coming days. I'll be learning about distance swimming 1940's baseball and some random aspects of interior decorating. Well, I recommended buying more books in a previous episode of before breakfast the fact that the library books are free makes it even easier to take a chance on stuff that I probably wouldn't sell out $20 for if it's useless. Well, oh well all I'm really out is a few minutes to read a few pages and say nope. Not for me and the time to return the books since most libraries have almost improbable limits on how many items you can check out at any given time and we're talkin like a hundred titles here. You can really relish the randomness.

And this random this is altogether a good thing as more of us are working from home and generally venturing Outlast. We have far less Randomness in our lives so much of the information that finds us in the modern world is already perfectly tailored to our known interest algorithms know what headlines were most likely to click on I get emails from design sites with the sorts of kitchens and bathrooms that I have already looked at. We can work closely with our existing colleagues and working from home, but we're not meeting new people at conferences or networking events. It becomes much of the same old same old.

A quick stop by the library can change this all up it's free and probably doesn't need to take more than half an hour. My guess is that that's as good to use of a lunch hour as anything else. We could all use some more ideas and some more Randomness and our lives or if nothing else we could get a few good stories to so why not stop by the library this week. I'm pretty sure that you will find it time. Well spent

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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