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Do you know where your library card is? Is it lost at the bottom of your sock drawer, or gathering dust in a desk somewhere? Well, if you’re looking to save money in the new year, dust off that baby and start using it again!
There are so many reasons to run that card ragged:
1 – You have access to tens of thousands of book for free. If you start reading a book and it’s a dud, just return it and try another. No money lost there (unless you bring it back late).
2 – Check out children’s books for your kids/grand-kids to help them improve their reading skills, which will help them in school.
3 – Read newspapers and magazines without having to pay a subscription fee. Most libraries carry at least the local newspapers as well as national ones like the New York Times.
4 – Borrow e-books for your Kindle, Nook, or phone with your library card, instead of buying them at Amazon or the bookstore.
5 – Databases with a wealth of information are available for you to use with a library card number. You can research your family genealogy, learn how to make car repairs with Chilton’s online manuals, learn about the stock market, find out how to start a small business, and so much more.
6 – Check out music CD’s of all varieties, from classical to jazz to musicals to international music.
7 – Many libraries offer introductory classes on using computers and understanding technology.
8 – Libraries have special events for both adults and kids that cost nothing.
9 – Check out movies and documentaries with your library card. (I mention this last because I really believe that libraries should be primarily be there to promote reading, but since they offer movies, why not take advantage of it?)
I can’t guarantee that every library offers all of the above benefits, but it’s worth checking into. Using your library card makes sense, no matter what your age or income!