I was putting together a dish for a potluck, but I was away from my home library, and the book with the recipe for the potato salad I wanted, Recipes For a Small Planet, was not at any local bookstore, not in any local branch of the library, not on Google books, and not on Amazon’s Look Inside feature. So I went to this nifty site called Worldcat and found a library in Montana, the Swan Valley branch of the Missoula Public Library, which had the book on its shelf. I called them up and explained my situation and the woman who answered the phone plucked the book from the shelf and read me the recipe over the phone. And she was happy to do it. That’s why I LOVE libraries.
I’m a novelist, poet, and short story writer living in the Desert Southwest.
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