What is your local book store? Does your town have one? My ex- came to visit me (before she became my ex-girlfriend, obviously) and was astounded that there were ANY bookstores in town. There were several and she spent HOURS in each. There is a B&N very near work. I love it. I love being in it. I love the smell of it. There is a Starbucks in it also, so therefore, it is technically the most soulless place on the planet and I lose a bit of mine, to the soul vacuum, every time I go in there. But it's worth it! There used to be a Borders in my hometown, but it went under, obviously. Auntie's Bookstore and Uncle's Game Shop, in Spokane, WA are a wonderful place to visit (and there's a deli, which makes the most incredible sandwiches!!! Damn them!). Auntie's was a three story bookshop with 16-foot ceilings and carved bannisters, with creaky oak floors. If you were blindfolded, you would have known you were in a bookstore! It sounds weird but if you want to see the best looking people, all week, visit a Barnes and Noble's on a Friday night. The overstuffed chairs are full of scholastically attractive nerds, engrossed in books. It makes me think the world is not as full of web-idiots as it might truly be. Our local library is HUGE and fairly well used. I love to see kids and parents browsing the bookshelves. Sometimes in very esoteric sections of the stacks. When I see a mom, carrying a child who is running its hand along the bindings as mom walks slowly past, reading a book... I swear, I sigh a little. "That's right kid. Try a book. We'll give you the first ones free and then once you are hooked, we'll jack up the price. And you will keep right on feeding your addiction and making your brain bigger. You will buy and buy and never be satisfied!" MUHAHAHAHA! The woman who was the Nurse Practitioner at my old doctor's office, and I, loaned books back and forth. She taught me a great trick!!! You buy a book you are interested in, during a library book drive. When you are finished with it, put it in their drop box so they can sell it again. You can do that with any book, in your collection, if you realize you will never read it again. Slip in a note saying you are donating it and drop it in the local library's return bin. I never sign my name. Otherwise it wouldn't *really* be donating or completely altruistic. In fact, the fact that I have told you all about it sort of negates some of the purely 'goodness' of it all. Unless you do it too.