Public libraries all across the U.S. offer lots of free things. If you had to pay for these items it would cost a bundle. To give you an idea of what’s available at the library and what you save by using our materials, here is a partial list:
1. Books at the library include fiction, non-fiction, and eBooks for both adults and children. Average cost for an adult book is $28 and children’s titles $20, e-books $10.
2. Magazines and newspapers are received daily, and at Huntington, include more than 125 titles. A yearly subscription to a magazine is $22 and if you read several, the total quickly adds up. The daily cost of a newspaper can be anywhere from 50 cents to a couple of dollars.
3. Music CDs for children and adults are available in a wide variety of categories and average $12 per disc.
4. Online searching of periodicals and other databases is free. These can be used by students for homework, adults looking for health information, how to repair cars, and so much more. The currency of the material is especially valuable and can be accessed from home with your library card number. Databases cost thousands of dollars per year which most people wouldn’t be able to purchase.
5. Genealogy databases are free at the library and offer a chance for researchers to search their family tree.
6. Internet and Wi-Fi access is available all the hours the library is open, and even outside in the park and is very useful when traveling, saving users hundreds of dollars.
7. Movies are available for the whole family to check out for one week. Even is you only watch one movie at home, it’s a $15 saving, especially if you only want to watch it once.
8. Programs for children at the library include those for infants through adults and all are free. These can be storytimes, after school programs, sessions for adults, and more.
9. Classes at the library include computer instruction, genealogy programs, electronic device instruction, etc. These are free except for material costs.
10. Federal and state tax forms are made available to the public for free saving you time and money trying to obtain them.
If you are a reader, or like to learn, the library is a sure bet saving you thousands of dollars a year.
If you just got an iPad, and want to learn how to use it, read “iPad for Dummies” by Edward Baig and Bob LeVitus. You’ll learn how to set it up, browse the Internet, download apps, do e-mail, read books, play games and more.
Nail-biting adventure can be found in Dick Wolf’s novel “The Intercept.” While in flight over the Atlantic, NYPD Jeremy Fisk, experiences an incident onboard. He is quickly reminded that terrorism is never far away. He believes that this incident is just a precursor to another scheme that will be much bigger and it’s just days before the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero. Will he and his partner be able to stop it in time?
Owly and Wormy want to look at the stars but so much is preventing them from doing so. First, they can find their telescopes, there are trees in the way, and there are some pretty scary noises coming from outside. “Owly & Wormy: Bright Lights and Starry Nights” by Andy Runton shows children how they find their telescopes to see the stars.
Most parents tell their children they love them. But love is loathe when Big Monster talks to Little Monster and they even count the ways. Big monster loathes Little Monster more than chicken pox, more than what the cat drags in, more than stinky socks, and more. You’ll hear lots of giggles when you read this to your loved, er, loathed one in “I Loathe You” by David Slonim.
The library will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular hours resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.