I’m a librarian, which most certainly means if you ask me if libraries are valuable, you’ll get a resounding and enthusiastic yes! But I’m paid to say that, right? I’m not going to throw my bread and butter under the bus, am I? No, I’m not, but here’s the truth. Unvarnished. Getting real. Just for you. Libraries make cents and sense for everyone. Socioeconomics aside, there isn’t one person that can’t benefit from using the library, but some of those benefits are definitely economic. What can you save? Check this out!
Let’s take a look at what you can use without paying a single penny at your local library. Books, books, and more books. Fiction? We got it. Non-fiction more your vibe? We got that, too. Children’s? Oh, yeah, all the coolest kiddie books. Teens, tweens, juvenile…you call them what you want while we call their collection on fleek (ask a teenager if you need help with the lingo, or better yet come ask your library!). From A to Z, there are rows of shiny books just beckoning to go home with you for a cozy read. There are other ways you can ‘read’ and use your library if turning pages just seems ‘so yesterday’. For instance, try a digital book. Ebooks are easily downloaded on your phone, tablet, laptop, just any techie gadget you want to put them on. They take up less space, so from the breakroom to the board room (we know you are reading something on your phone under the table when you should be listening…shhhh…it’s our secret). What’s not to love about that?
Books ‘not your thing’? We still have resources to last you for days of leisure reading on a palm tree-frocked beach or by the fireplace in a cabin nestled in the mountains! We’ll provide the resources, you provide the fire and cabin because we just happen to be at the foot of the most beautiful mountains ever. Digital options are plug and play, so crank up the volume to dive headlong into a swashbuckling tale, murder mystery, or police thriller via an audio book. Audios come on CD, on Playaway devices so small they can clip on your leggings while you run. Read and run, all at the same time! What. A. Concept! No excuses not to take care of your body and your brain now. That long commute a total bummer? An audio book can keep you company and you can get to know all the characters in the new bestseller as you drive.
Magazines take up so much space in your house, and after a few months, what do you do with them besides let your children cut them up for craft time? Check out your favorite mags, read, return, and repeat! We have dozens of your favorites and you can pick and choose until you read them all. Don’t have a computer? We have those with Internet and we have Wi-Fi you can connect to with your own devices, so you can take care of all your online needs from job searching to resume building, research for school, family history, or your next car purchase. Bored? Nothing to do or you’re down to pocket change and need entertainment that doesn’t break the bank? Libraries provide programs, workshops, and classes for all ages, often with expert presenters, bestselling authors, and opportunities for you to get hands on and participate. Hundreds per year! We’re like the Disney World…of stories!
So about that math. If one individual checks out 2 adult books per week at an average of $25 per book, the savings can top $2,600 a year. When you add in teen books at $20, children’s books at $15, DVDs at $15, audios at $30, Ebooks at $10, music CDs at $10, you can see where this is going. Check out even one of each of these other items per week along with two adult books and you have saved over $6,700.00 a year. That’s thousands, read those zeroes, thousands of dollars you didn’t have to spend to get everyone in your family connected and reading. After all this, there’s still more, 3D printing, robotics, video and audio recording, we’ve barely scratched the surface, but we don’t want to reveal all the mystery in one sitting. We want you to come explore your library, with all the money-saving resources we have for you, and enjoy the adventure, in the stories, and the savings, in your pocketbook.