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Library Corner

January 17, 2013

Find it for free at the library

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.

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