Libraries aren’t just for books anymore. As an adult, when is the last time you visited your local library? Did you know, aside from books, libraries offer dozens of other rentable materials? And libraries offer an array of services for youths, teens, and adults. Of course libraries have to make money too, but the price tag of services received is minimal while the benefits are huge.
I recently perused my local library online and made a shocking discovery. As someone who went to school when libraries only had books, the manner in which libraries have adapted to changing times, astounded me. In addition to books, people can check out music, DVD’s, e-books, and even art. But there’s so much more to do while you’re there. Several dates out of the month, my library hosts workshops on varying subjects so you can always learn new skills regardless of age. Other services, along those lines include resume coaching and fundraising help. Or perhaps you require the services of a notary. These workshops and services are free by the way.
But maybe you just need to use some of the library’s equipment. For that, many offer online computer use and/or the use of WiFi. They also have fax machines, typewriters, copiers, and scanners for a moderate price.
The list goes on. There is story time and Discovery Works for kids. Discovery Works is a brief science class made to enrich a child’s education. Teens get Teen Time; time allocated for young adults to have quiet comfy time to study, do homework, and socialize. And there are meeting rooms for busy adults who simply need a place to conduct meetings or seminars. Again, all these services are free.
But wait, there’s more. Need something without hunting through piles of reference materials? Make use of the Know It Now feature which allows a person to search the library’s entire database for a specific piece of information. And lastly, if you can’t make it to the library for whatever reason, have materials delivered to your home.
Now, not every library has all these features, and there are probably libraries out there that have even more; but the point is, by making use of all your library has to offer you can save money on books, movies, music, office equipment, etcetera, and still have a good time doing it together as a family. And who knows, maybe we’ll all learn something new in the process.
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