I use the library a lot. I check out printed books, audio books, and DVDs so frequently that I rarely feel the need to actually buy anything, except for the occasional technical book that is unavailable at the library. I use it so frequently that after 10 years my library card had faded away to nothing. No matter how hard I tried I could not get the checkout system to scan my card. I had to get a new card, and I am happy to report that Maple Grove was kind enough to waive the $1.00 replacement charge.
In fact, I now have a new and improved laminated library card. Lamination is one of the most effective ways to protect printed materials from abrasion.
Apparently, Hennepin County now recognizes that people actually use their library cards and has improved their library card to prevent complete loss of all printed detail. I am glad to see the change, even if it does cost a few more cents to produce the card. Now, if they could only get more copies of the current best sellers.