Monday, December 27, 2010

Debi's Daily Dollar Idea: Rediscover the Public Library

Simple idea, but don't pay for something you can get for free at the public library.  Unless you want to keep a book you're probably only going to use once, why pay for it?  Most libraries let you check out a book for three weeks, and one week for newly released books.  If someone else hasn't placed a hold on the book you can usually renew the book twice.  Plenty of time to finish the book and return it.

I regularly check out videos and DVD's.  However, you can rack up late fees is you're not careful.  At my library videos may be checked out for a week, DVD's for two days.  And as with books, as long as there is not a hold on the item they may be renewed up to twice.  I can place a hold for a particular movie I want to watch and am notified when the movie is available.  No need to run to Blockbuster and pay $4 for a movie when they're free from the library!

Need to check out something from a newspaper?  Head to the library.  My library carries all the major newspapers, as well as our local papers.  They also have every magazine available.

A lesser known resource at the library are conference rooms.  My Toastmasters club met at the library for several years at no cost.  If you are a member of a club or organization that needs a place to meet check out availability at the library.  If there is a fee for a room it will be nominal.

Check out your libary schedule for monthly events such as book clubs, lectures, teen and children's events.  Our library system regularly offers classes on painting, making jewelry, local history, health, exercise, gardening, cooking, and more.  Craft classes are held weekly for children and teens.

Libraries also provide assistance with filling out tax forms, and usually provide the forms.

If you find yourself driving by the library on your way to the book or video store, make a u-turn and keep the green in your pocket.


holly said...

We love the library! Lucky for us we can walk to ours!!! We go at least twice a week. Totally free since we don't even use gas.

debsdialogues said...

Good for you Holly! And thanks to Benjamin Franklin who started the library in our country!