April 9th thru 15th, 2017 is National Library Week (our local library is forgiving fines up to $5 this week because of it!) and TODAY, Tuesday, April 11th, is National Library Workers Day. In honor of all that, I wanted to bring you 8 Ways the Library Can Save You Money.
Plus, at the end of the post there are some really fun book/library themed gift ideas if you want to gift something to a library worker you know!
WE LOVE THE LIBRARY! Do you love the library? If you don’t, let me give you some reasons why you should! Using the library is a great way to save money!
8 Ways the Library Can Save You Money
1. It’s a bookstore you don’t have to pay for.
If you enjoy reading, use your library! Save money by not buying books!
2. Read your favorite magazines at the library.
Don’t spend your money on magazine subscriptions or buying them at the newsstand! Your library likely has your favorite magazine that you can check out. Bonus – you don’t have a magazine taking up space when you’re done with it. You get to return it!
3. Borrow a movie for FREE!
Our library has a great selection of DVDs – all available to borrow for a week for FREE! That’s better than the Redbox!
4. Free Music too!
You can check out CDs from the library also!
5. Audiobooks and eBooks
In addition to physical books to read, having a library card gives you access to ebooks and audiobooks you can download to your device and take with you!
6. Free Wi-Fi
This is pretty standard in most libraries now.
7. Free Classes
Our libraries host a variety of free classes ranging from educational to helpful to fun – for both adults and kids!
8. Special Events
Participate in the special events at your library! Ours has summer reading programs with weekly activities and shows for the kids. And they recently had a spring read-a-thon where every book your read got you an entry into a drawing. Each department (childrens/teen/adult) had a seperate drawing and my son won in the childrens! He got a $25 Books-a-Million gift card!
How does your library save you money or make your life a little better?
If you know someone that really loves books (even if it’s you!) here are some gift ideas (or treat yourself!)
Library Book Necklace – just $3.00 with FREE shipping!
Or here is a square version of the book necklace.
So many books So little time Round Pendant Necklace with 26″ Rolo Chain – $7.98 & free shipping with Prime or $35 purchase
The charm on this one says “A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.” and it’s $3.96 + free shipping.
If you’re a book lover that likes to loan out books to friends and family but you’re afraid of not getting them back, here are a couple things that might help!
Knock Knock Personal Library Kit – $10.47
- For a bibliophile, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing beloved books, but no crueler pain than losing them for good-until the Personal Library Kit
- Revive old-fashioned library circulation techniques for fun and book retention with our classic bestseller
- The perfect gift for the generous reader
Never again will you be in search of the perfect present for your book-loving friend – you can now give a whole set of bookplates with quotes from the likes of Jane Austen, Johnathan Swift, and Samuel Johnson. In the style of antique books, these 55 labels are classic and sophisticated and will appeal to a wide range of tastes and genres.
A few sample quotes include:
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”—Jane Austen
“A room without books is a body without a soul.”—Cicero
“Literature is my Utopia.”—Helen Keller
“We read to know we are not alone.”—C.S. Lewis
Library socks! Aren’t these fabulous? $10.00 per pair on Amazon (you can choose different colors also)
This shirt is so funny! This Book Lovers T-Shirt is $13.99 on Amazon.