Your story of kiddies with arms full of books is a rare fairy tale.<quoted text>Companies can do what they want as long as it's legal.
Yes, I do agree it does ADD to the budget.. in my case, the state.
But I certainly appreciate it being in my neighborhood and enjoy seeing all the people who use it. In fact, one of my pet peeves is seeing parents carrying 10, 20, 30 or more books for their elementary school kids and taking so long to check those books out!
But it's refreshing to see them getting away from the electronics.
In my state, I can borrow any book from any library located on any island, and return it to any of the state facilities regardless of where I borrowed it. They have videos and CD for a nominal charge and are pushing forward with electronic documents and books.
No, I embrace our system and enjoying using it's resources.
Besides, used book stores and flea markets can provide inexpensive books far more efficiently than the government bureaucracy.