The first time I took the kids to our new library I left in tears. There were two options to get a library card. I could pay ten dollars every six months, and only check three items out at a time. Or, I could get a North Dakota driver's license, pay nothing and check out fifteen items at time.
Checking three items at a time would mean someone came home empty handed, and it would probably have to be me. My kids are used to borrowing a ton of books at a time. Plus ten bucks every six months!
Getting a North Dakota driver's license wasn't really on my agenda, especially not the first week I was here. A couple of weeks later I got my library card with my North Dakota license.
Library cards were not always so difficult to obtain in Williston. Word on the street is that with the huge influx of oil workers in town, the library was getting a little abused. Books were not getting returned because of people leaving town. I guess they figured if you were permanent enough to get a driver's license you were permanent enough to borrow and return books.
We borrow fifteen books every time. This week I came home with six just for me. You know, because I can.