It may be hard to believe that anything is free, but I'm here to tell you, this is absolutely free.

Do people subscribe to magazines anymore? Does anybody even have time to read a magazine?

I suppose the answer to both questions is probably yes, but I have to say I'm with the group that definitely does not subscribe to magazines anymore. But, I still enjoy reading magazines, so what's a guy to do? I get to the dentist twice a year, and that's an opportunity to read a magazine, but that just isn't enough. I guess if you really didn't want to buy one, you could thumb through your favorite magazine on the rack at the grocery store.

There is actually no need to do that. I discovered another great service offered by Mesa County Libraries. You can actually read your favorite magazine online and it won't cost you a dime.

It's as easy as going to the Mesa County Libraries website, getting a library card number, and then creating an account. After that, the most difficult task is deciding which magazine to start with. You can read it on your desktop computer, or download an app and read it on your mobile device.

There are literally dozens of magazines to choose from - and these are well-known, tried and true magazines like Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, Golf Digest ( I just had to throw that one in there) and countless others. Whether your interest is cycling, gardening, fitness, guns, or technology you are going to find the perfect magazine - and maybe even something new.

The library card is free, the account is free, and the reading is free. The nice thing about the whole thing is when you are done reading, there is no magazine lying around the house for weeks waiting to be thrown away or recycled.