This post is by Bernie Carr,
I have to admit I had not visited our local public library for several months. I went to the library a few days ago and I was surprised at the new services that were recently added. I liked it so much I spent the entire afternoon perusing everything.
The library can save you money in a lot of ways, besides just borrowing books or reading magazines.
Learn a Skill
Sometimes, it’s better to learn skills in person, instead of trying to learn online. I learned how to crochet from a neighborhood group. Our local library now hosts crafting groups as well as language classes. You can learn a new skill such as knitting, crocheting, practice speaking Spanish, learn how play the guitar or polish your writing skills. I was impressed at the variety of skills you can learn for free at the library.
Try out New Music
Are you interested in listening to some music but not sure if you like it enough to pay for the album? Then check out some music from the library. You can try listening to different genres of music and find out what you like before spending money.
The library has many activities geared for kids – daily storytime, contests, even occasional parties. You’ll help cultivate a love for books and learning.
Fitness is an important aspect of being prepared. Our library now hosts Pilates and other exercise classes. If you don’t have the time to show up for classes, you can check out exercise videos or borrow them online.
If you missed watching certain movies or want to introduce your kids to some movie classics, the library is a great source. Borrow DVDs or download movies for free. Since you don’t have to return it right away, you can watch the movie at your leisure.
- If you happen to find books or movies that are checked out or are only available in another library location that’s far from you, place an inter-library hold on the items. Your local library staff will obtain the copy for you. As soon as a copy becomes available, you’ll get a call and all you have to do is pick it up.
- Save time and renew your items online. Our library allows two online renewals before you actually have to go back in person.
- Check the library calendar online and choose the activities that interest you.
If you’re like me and you haven’t visited your library in a long time, you may be in for a nice surprise. You may even save some money. If you have some tips about the library, please share in the comments!
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About the author
Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Bernie’s latest e-book, FRUGAL DIY has just been released on Amazon. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.