Yes, it's a quandary, isn't it? My life would have taken quite a different turn if it hadn't been for free public libraries, which have always been a second home to me. I remember clearly the day in my childhood I first learned there was an old house in the small town where I was born that had nothing in it except books -- and they'd let you borrow them, for free! What a wonder!

But now that I'm on the other side of the fence, I'm all too aware that free public libraries aren't free at all -- and I'm not talking about taxes. If we were paid even pennies each time one of our books was checked out, that would do a lot to help remove the sting.