Yeah, I guess here, in addition to showing up on the cashier's display*, you have to pick the right type of benefit (food stamps or cash?). I wish I could get free food and not work.
I don't go to libraries too often anymore since they usually don't have books related to more obscure topics or aspects of whatever I am researching, and for the more common stuff most of the info is available online. I still swing by once in a while and spend tons of time browsing (if looking for something specific I can check their online card catalog, which also lists books for other nearby libraries). I still enjoy any chance I get to go to a bookstore (both new and used), although I still run into the same problem as libraries (including a huge bookstore, which is part of a large chain, which had NO translations of Hesiod,
while my usual used bookstore had a couple. Sometimes I will find stuff I am looking for, and even better is when I find something I didn't know about that interests me.
I try to avoid doing a lot of reading on LCDs, and I prefer real books (in addition to other reasons, I find it much quicker to find previous sections I need to refer back to since I know where on the page it is, and roughly where in the book it is, whereas it took me a couple hours to track something down in an ebook on my reader last week, and I resorted to skimming a huge section of the book since searching wasn't giving me the right results). My ebook reader is great for things I don't have a copy of, such as some really old books, or if I want multiple translations, and for things I don't need or want a physical copy of. Maybe for some fiction I don't plan to reread or research. Of course I still do read a lot on smallish smartphone screens, like the few hours I spent yesterday and today reading a rather lengthy history article, before eventually moving on to the many included links and references (which I am still digging through, in addition to my own research on specific things mentioned). Somewhat related (very much so for me) museums and big libraries are kind enough to share some documents, manuscripts, and artifacts in their collections online. Sometimes this is not the case, but they may still be viewed under other circumstances, or even buying books where they are collected (well, not the artifacts). It really sucks when those books are extremely expensive or hard to find, such as by being out of print (at which point, if they are not public domain, I will resort to less than legal means of acquiring copies...I am not going to pay $700 for a book just to find out I have no interest in it and it is of no real use compared to easier to get books).
So, be careful, because reading/books can become a very expensive hobby, and not just for collectors. See, I was on topic!
*It really bothers me that some stores have these set up so that everyone in line, and anyone else nearby, can see this info. At one store where I get money orders the screen is pointed at the front windows, and is large enough to be seen. So, if I go to get, say, a $500 money order, it says it on the screen that everyone else in line can see, as well as those coming in the door, or those sitting outside. I guess that is why you should fill it out as soon as you get it.