I visited one of my local libraries the other day because I wanted to do a little more research on blogging but didn’t want to spend money on a book. I was surprised at how much this small town library had to offer. I have always been a fan of the library. But man they have changed a lot since I first visited as a little girl.
They have so much to offer. If you don’t take advantage of your local library you are missing out. Between not having to buy books and movies and free family events you can save a lot of money by utilizing your local library.
Our local libraries have movies that you can borrow for up to 7 days. I’m not talking about old movies. I am talking about new movies and TV series like The Hangover 3, This is 40, and True blood. I was in shock at how many movies there were to choose from. I walked over to the kids section and found a plethora of kids movies as well.
Free Computer Usage and Internet
If the library is busy you may be limited to 15 minutes on the computer but if not you can sit and leisurely look for jobs, do research or just browse the web for fun. For families on a budget this is a great resource if you can’t find extra money to pay for internet at your home. You can also print on the computers at our libraries for a small fee.
This was completely shocking to me that you can download eBook’s through the library! They have a loan period of anywhere from 14 to 21 days. Our local libraries also have a program called Zinio, it’s a digital newsstand and you can download over 100 magazines. Once you download them they are yours forever.
A Place to Go For Some Peace
Libraries are not just a place to go and find a book. They are a place you can go to get some time alone to read, work or just grab a magazine and relax. The libraries in our area do a great job at creating an environment that encourages people to sit back and stay awhile. All they need know is a built-in Starbucks. 🙂
Things To Do For Kids
Libraries are a great place for kids of all ages. I have found weekly story time groups. These groups are geared towards infants and toddlers and also preschoolers, each held separately. Libraries in our area also hold special story time events throughout the year for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and other special events. It’s a great way to get kids excited about reading
The library has so many great resources if you are in need of help. I have found computer classes, literacy services, citizenship aid, workshops for parents, career centers, senior citizen resources, afterschool homework help and meeting rooms. There are also book clubs available for teens and adults, sounds like a good way to meet new people.
The library is also a great place to find out what is going on in your community. I found a whole area in my local library dedicated to local events and groups. If you are new to an area you should most definitely visit your local library to see what your community has to offer.
This was my youngest sons first time at the library I think he did ok. I had been scared to take him because he can be a little hard to handle but the worst thing he did was pulling books out from the shelves… no pages were ripped so all was good!
Now run off and visit your local library!