There's a couple of reasons. First if you have a long commute (mine is 1 hour each way), and you are sick of the radio or want to try something different, you can check out any number of audio books.
If you like comics you might check out The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. If you are taking a literature class, most classic books are available on CDs. Listening to a book is a great way to discover new things about a text using an audible learning style.
But what does this have to do with the sword in this post?
My library card got me into San Francisco's Asian Art Museum to see China's Terracotta Warriors for FREE - and what an incredible exhibit.
China's Terracotta Warriors were commissioned by the First Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE) conquered much in this life, but his driving purpose was even greater: He sought to conquer death. In order to achieve immortality, he built himself a tomb—a vast underground city guarded by a life-size terracotta army including warriors, infantrymen, horses, chariots and all their attendant armor and weaponry.This exhibition includes ten figures—a representative sample of the actual army, which is estimated to include more than 7,000 life-sized figures and over 10,000 weapons.The picture does not begin to do justice to this bronze sword with its jade inlaid gilt grip. There are some things you just have to see to appreciate, and I bet you never expected your library card could do that for you.
With my library card I can also visit Cartoon Art Museum, the Oakland Museum, the Aquarium, Bay Area Discovery Museum, California Shakespeare Theater, the Academy of Sciences and much more. So go get a library card and spend some free time at premier San Francisco Bay Area venues.
What are you going to do this summer?