Utilizing your public library is the best way to reduce, or completely eliminate, your book and entertainment budget! Whether your child needs to research a specific topic for school, or you’re looking for a little “brain candy” to indulge in, check with your library first before hitting up that pricey bookstore.
Here are some points to remember:
* Books – Library shelves are overflowing with books on every topic under the sun including: self help, gardening, cooking, crafts, child care, medical, personal finance, “do it yourself” guides, auto repair & more.
* Magazines – Save on pricey subscriptions and read the latest issue (or take home a stack of back issues) for free.
* Music – Although selections may vary between libraries (and finding the latest releases will be tricky), you can certainly find a variety of great music to listen to for nothing! Be sure to check out the children’s music, too. (I refuse to pay full price for a CD that my kids will think is “lame” after a few months! Hee hee)
* Movies – As with music, the selection here certainly won’t rival that of Blockbuster or Redbox, but hey – it’s free. 😉 I’ve found several classics and old TV shows that my entire family loved!
* Internet Access – Got computer issues? Don’t stress out – simply head to the library and finish up your tasks lickety split! 😉 (Although I’ve never personally used the library to print anything, they will generally let you do this for a small fee of about $0.20 per page.)
* Toddler’s Story Time – Many libraries offer a fun, engaging Story Time for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Check with your local branch for more information.
* Homeschooling – I’ve met dozens of home schoolers who have used the library for everything and saved tons of money on curriculum each year! All they had to buy were pencils, paper and printer ink! (Sweet!) 🙂
* Can’t find what you’re looking for? No problem! – Hundreds of libraries are hooked up to the Inter-Library Loan System, which is a fancy way of saying that if you can’t find something at your local branch, your librarian can submit a special request for that book, cd, movie (you get the idea) with a different library. Then when that item comes in, all you have to do is pick it up from your local branch! Voila`! Save time, money – and GAS! Woohoo! I’ve ordered video documentaries and out of print books this way.
What good books have you read lately for yourself? (I am always on the lookout for a new great read!) Or do you have any great childrens book suggestions?
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