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Low Cost Weekend Ideas: Visit Your Library

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I live about a three minute walk from one of the county libraries and it’s quite a treat. They have an extensive collection of books and movies and, being only three minutes away, it’s like having an enormous bookshelf of the latest and greatest books without actually having to pay for it (besides taxes). The library system also has a great online website where you can log into your account, search the stacks, and reserve books that you want to read. It’s almost like visiting Amazon.com, searching for your book, and buying it – except you don’t actually have to pay anything.

The library also has a pretty solid collection of DVDs as well and a very generous five day rental period. Unlike some libraries where the movies are all old boring movies about Henry V, there are plenty of new releases and an extremely well-stocked collection of television shows (I’m still waiting to jump on the 24 bandwagon) and foreign films.

So if you haven’t become familiar with your local library, you might want to give them a look this weekend.

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4 Responses to “Low Cost Weekend Ideas: Visit Your Library”

  1. frugal mama says:

    And through inter-library loan, you can request and read almost any book whether or not your local library carries it.

    Many offer book clubs and other activities for patrons of all ages. Please remember that most libraries ban cell phone use now, and the old rule to speak in hushed tones still applies.

    Libraries are a treasure.
    ~fm

  2. It’s also a great place to retreat to in the summer on hot days – free, comfortable air conditioning while you read. Beyond books and videos, I love the magazines and books on tape.

  3. Martha says:

    Also most libraries have access to the internet. In fact, in our county, the library will set you up with free dial-up if you don’t have internet access at home.

  4. Debt Hater says:

    I’m a huge fan of libraries! When I move to a new place, one of the FIRST things I do it get a library card. Most library get DVDs soon too, so you’re better off getting movies from there than Blockbuster or Netflix!


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