10 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Local Public Library

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10 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Local Public Library

I have always been somewhat of a library junky, but since becoming a mom I have taken advantage of all that my local public library has to offer more than ever! There are so many programs and classes that you can attend absolutely free! I really love the library, and so does my toddler. Here are the top 10 ways you can also start taking advantage of your local public library.

1. Mommy and me classes!

When I first had my daughter I searched high and low for a mommy and me class. I found several, but they all cost around $15.00 a class. As you can imagine, I was thrilled to find that my library offered a mommy and me class for free. Wednesday mornings, for a half hour my daughter and I sang, listened to stories, and made a little craft. And extra class time was spent playing, and it was so much fun! This was a great time for me to be able to socialize with other moms, and my daughter benefitted from all the interaction as well. My library currently offers this for kid’s age 9 months through 4 years old.

2. Reading programs.

My library offers a small scale winter reading program for all ages. It helps to keep me on track with my reading throughout those long winter months, and offers perks like free books, and tickets toward basket raffles for each book completed. They also offer a summer reading program, which is much more extravagant, and kid based. This program is themed and activities such as games, parades, and picnics are offered each day. Points are earned through the summer and tallied at the end. The points can then be exchanged for prizes. Reading programs are a must for my family, and I love that they are so available nearly all year long.

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3. Special event classes for kids and adults.

This category is so broad that anyone could find something they would enjoy. Some classes available at my library include adult cooking classes, knitting or crochet classes, and even different plant and flower workshops. Events for kids range from American Girl Club, Lego club, S.T.E.A.M. groups, concerts, movies, and special character visits for the little ones. Most recently Clifford came for a visit, and was a huge hit with the toddler and pre-school age groups.

4. Book club for teens and adults.

Our library’s book club meets once a month to discuss a scheduled book and chat together. Simple refreshments are usually provided like juice and cookies, and it’s a great way to meet new people. Often I leave with a new perspective on a book as well, which is a bonus!

5. A plethora of books, DVD’s, computers, and printers.

I know, this is very obvious, but it’s nice to know that anytime I want to print something off, or check out a book or movie I can. My library also offers a fax machine, and notary which has been a huge help to me in the past.

6. Book and DVD sales.

If you’re looking to bulk up your home library collection, this is the place to go! Several times a year my local public library has a huge sale, and they sell the books and movies super cheap. You can usually fill a bag to the brim for $5.00, you can’t beat that price.

7. Holiday emphasis.

Our local library places a lot of emphasis on holidays. They have events and parties for kids and adults for nearly every holiday. This is fun because it’s a free seasonal, or holiday related event that the kids are sure to love, and it helps to get me into the spirit as well.

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8. Office space available.

This is perfect for college students who need a quite study place, and it’s great for tutoring. It is also a great option for people who work from home to have a change of scenery, or if they need to have a place free of distraction.

9. Self-help classes.

These are similar to special event classes, but are specifically suited to benefit adults. These options would include; drivers ED classes, writing groups, finance classes, computer classes, and fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba. They have also offered an introduction to essential oils class, as well as classes on how to lower insurance costs.

10. Giving to charity, instead of just paying fines.

Several times a year our local public library allows their patrons to pay off their fines by donating items to a local charity. I always take advantage of this opportunity (because I always have fines) and I love that my library supports our local city mission, and food pantries.

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