Some of the items you can borrow for free from the Library
Living on a budget is a necessary part of life for some people. But after the rent or mortgage, bills and groceries are paid, sometimes there isn't much money left over to enjoy the fun things in life. Finding entertainment for free or low cost can seem like a overwhelming task.
Here's where your local library comes in handy. Gone are the days when libraries were only for borrowing books. They also now have magazines, DVD's, music CD's, PC Games, graphic novels, audio and e-books all available for lending. You can also book a computer to use and have free access to the internet. Each session is usually for a 1 hour block.
The library is also home to a hub of free regular classes and activities. In the past my family have enjoyed craft and candle making workshops, historical talks, kids writing classes, a meditation session and author talks all for free!
Soy candle making class
My local library hosts ongoing writers workshops, language groups, a knitting class, book club, genealogy group and games mornings.
If you are a parent most libraries also run parenting workshops, Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions. They also run activities for children during the school holidays like craft and science classes.
These groups are also a great way to get out of the house and to meet new people in your community.
Each library will run different courses so check your local website for more details.
I live in a small city in Canada, although I have lived on military bases, large cities, a village and a rural area. Every time, I was a regular patron of the library - maybe more than one branch - making friends with workers and other patrons.
I have taken exercise classes and attended lectures. I have even given talks, one of which led to the formation of an environmental group dedicated to teaching the public what they could do. I borrow any type product available - hard cover, soft cover and electronic fiction and non-fiction books; magazines; music and books on cassette tape and CD (maybe music also on vinyl, I don't remember for sure); movies and documentaries on DVD, VHS and via electronic transmission.
My current library system offers free subscription to a company that provides all manner of electronic books, music, documentaries and movies. As I am not concerned with recent releases (I don't have television and don't visit the cinema), this has opened a wide arena for me.
The main library has a 3D printer as well as a device so a person can publish a book. For a brief time, they also
For a brief time, they also had a group of persons available to 'borrow' for a short period (an hour, maybe) to learn about life from a different perspective - with respect to religion, lifestyle, homelessness, exercise, cooking and whatever else a person was willing to share.
For my money, libraries cannot be beat. The occasional fine for an overdue item is truly a small price to pay for such riches.
Our local library has a great range of FREE school holiday activities for kids too. I love the library and it's a great way for kids to start enjoying a varied selection of books. I've really enjoyed rhyme time and story time with my kids.