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5 Awesome Freebies at Your Public Library (Besides Books)

May 19th, 2011 admin

You already know its the hot spot for borrowing free books (obviously), DVDs and music, but did you know about these other freebies the library has to offer?

  1. Downloadable E-Book and Audiobook Rentals. I love listening to books while I drive or work out, so I was really excited to find out that tons of libraries let you borrow audiobooks (which can cost $10-30–or more–a pop) by downloading them right to your computer or mp3 player, or download it to read on a mobile device. Its just like renting a movie from iTunes (it “expires” after a while) but you get to listen/read for free!
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  2. Classes and Workshops. If you’re curious about anything from writing a resume to learning the art of haiku, check out your library’s calendar. There are always an assortment of free or cheap courses, workshops, and seminars: this month my library has classes on search engine optimization, family history, investing, computers, and nutrition–and that is only naming a few.
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  3. The Hold System. If you want to read the newest Koontz thriller but find out it is at another branch, all you have to do is place a hold and it will get sent over to your library for free (or sometimes a very small fee–I’ve never paid more than a quarter). You can pick it up when it arrives and return it to your usual branch. Plus you don’t have to search the stacks to find it–it will be waiting for you!
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  4. Clubs and Learning Groups. Struggling in your foreign language course? My library offers a language class and several foreign language conversation clubs that allow people to meet and practice their French or Spanish in a low key environment. Looking to learn something new, or stretch your literary muscle? Look for clubs meeting at the library, too–you might join a book club or learn to knit (and you’re bound to meet a crazy assortment of people!).
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  5. Art, Music, and Media Events. Libraries strive to be a community gathering place, so they often put on free movie screenings or have guest musicians, authors, or art displays.

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  • 1. cowgirl  |  May 29th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    You would be surprised at the great concerts the library sponsors. Afternoons can be free and easy with a leisurely look at local artists’ productions, listening to music or attending a free workshop. Libraries have come a long way since just a place to do your homework and meet your friends.

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