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7/26/09 11:04 A

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The library is not just good for books and movies, my kids go to a lot of their free programs held during the summer. there are book clubs which often have exhibits and shows for the kids to become more interested in reading. And guess what? All for free.

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7/19/09 7:03 P

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I agree the library is an often overlooked financial windfall! I worked there as a young wife and mother and my kids grew to be very comfortable with what it had to offer.

Now they take my grand children and the entire family are library users...three generations....... emoticon

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7/12/09 9:32 A

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I've been using our library on-line to download audio books to my mp3 player. I can "read" while commuting to work, doing housework and stitching. And the best part is that I don't have to make a trip to the library to return them!

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7/5/09 11:25 A

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we get movies & cd's all of the time.....we love the library!!!!!

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7/1/09 9:00 P

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Last weekend I brought some magazines and some movies from the library. I managed to go over the magazines and watch one movie with my hubby. and its free :)

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3/9/09 7:20 P

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Many libraries belong to the international "interlibrary loan" system. Check with your library - it's often a benefit that is not right out there and obvious, but exists. Through that you can order just about any book you want to read (except perhaps rare books that might be stolen, like the ones that sell used for $100+). There is a spot on the form where you say what you willing to pay to borrow the book, and I always say $0. I've had books come from the other side of the country (although most can be found in my state or the ones surrounding it). If you are an avid reader, it's worth a check.


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3/9/09 12:48 P

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In Michigan there is a library program called MELCAT. It is online, and what you do is enter a book that you interested in and MELCAT searches all of the libraries in Michigan and then has it sent it to your library. All you have to do is pick it up when it comes in. It is really cool for books that are not popular or are very old. My husband uses it all the time for researching. I use it often too because the library we have is a small library and doesn't have tons of books.

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3/8/09 7:28 P

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I love the library for books but also for movies for the perfect low cocst weekend w/BF a free movie, homemade dinner & maybe a 100 cal popcorn

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3/8/09 8:57 A

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I haven't been to the library in years.. considering how much I read I'm going to fix that oversight right away. I enjoy the used book store for saving money on buying books.. but, hey, reading for free is even better!

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3/7/09 11:18 P

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I love the library! I was actually just about to spend a good chunk of money on books/magazines because I'm taking a cross country bus trip and then a plane flight over three days, and I stopped by the library and happened to find that they were giving away some of their older magazines, so I got a whole year worth of some that I enjoy reading. They are older, but they'll work just fine for reading on the bus!

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3/6/09 12:42 A

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Hello everyone!! I just joined this team via Mun_Silver's profile (new friend). I also love the library especially when they might not have the book I want they can get it from another library within their system. I have a love/hate relationship with Borders...I love going their and looking at/thru the wide variety of books, hate it that I spend too much. I have a LLLLLOOOONNNGGG list of books to read and the library is the best place to get them from. I always say I'm going to re-read a book I already have, but never do, so the library is a good thing for me. Also, my library has used book sales that's great!! I can look for my favorite authors or read new ones.

There are a couple of other places you can read books online, if you like to do that. One site I know of is eharlequin.com. You can sign up for free and select what types of books you like to read. You can usually find magazines online also (Family Circle, Real Simple, People, etc.)

Have fun reading!!
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3/5/09 9:02 P

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thanks for the post. I also have been using our local library...I can get books, journals, magazines, DVDs etc. It really feels good that you can get things you would have spend a fortune on for reading/watching once can get free borrowing. I feel good going there.

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2/17/09 11:28 A

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I fully agree with this.

It may sound funny but until I started using my local library I would spend a small fortune on books and magazines. It was almost an addition. Thinking of it now I probably spent between $40 - $60/ month on these items that I only read once.

It has saved me a ton of cash!

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9/29/08 11:20 A

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Diet books I have maybe one of. My overall thoughts with this was to develop long term good eating habits. My concern with diets has been, what happens after you stop the diet? Something as simple as tracking what I ate for 2 weeks with Spark People made a huge difference.
Most of my cook books I inherited from family or were received as gifts from my mom. Most of my recipe hunting these days is on the internet. I do actually look through the paper stuffs to get ideas.

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9/28/08 7:17 P

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I do like to keep nonfiction books b/c I highlight and take notes also. When I buy fiction books I also pass them onto friends who I think would like them. I have way too many diet type books, would have been better off using the library to trial them first!

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9/28/08 10:47 A

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Okey...I'm weird on this. I like buying my books, especially lately since most of them are reference or positive thought books. I'm continually looking back in them for reference or have reread a few of them. I also like loaning them out to people when a book comes up in a conversation. Also I like to write notes in the margins or anotate them. Most of my fantasy and fiction books my son has now read which gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside and something we could talk about together.

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9/27/08 1:48 P

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That's too bad, Donna! We have 2 library, owned by the same place though. The one closest to me is very small, but you can pre order your books and they'll deliver them from the downtown one to here. Saves gas!

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Our local libraries have this exchange thing going on & ever since then, all the good books seem to be in the larger cities, rather than in our local libraries. Now I just buy my books, but I get a lot of them from eBay.

Donna (Upstate NY)

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9/27/08 9:06 A

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I've just been reminded of what a great deal and awesome opportunity it is to use the libary for free books, movies and cds. I brought home a bag full of books. Weight watcher cookbooks, craft books, etc. I was looking through my own personal book collection and thought "Why do I have all these books, I read them once, then that's it!" I was at Salvation Army looking through the books and then realized that I shouldn't buy any b/c I should be borrowing them from the library instead. Even at Sal Army, it adds up in cost! And the best thing, I felt the same "giddiness" as I do buying something new when I brough home that bag full of books.

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