Free Educational Resources Available At Your Local Library

When was the last time you went to the library? Look at the fabulous free educational resources that are available to you at no charge.

With the growing popularity of the Internet, there is an American institution that has been rapidly falling by the wayside, the public library. There doesn't seem to be much need for libraries anymore since you can research practically anything on the Internet and even find many books online that can be read for free. The library has changed in recent years: I was quite surprised when I went back after a long period of time away. There are many new resources and materials at libraries now that can be a valuable money saver for your family if you just know that they are there.

One of the best things at the public library are the books. No matter how far technology advances, it will never be able to replace the joy of holding a book in your hands, especially ones with pictures for children. Of course, everyone knows there are books at the library and you may even have story time at your local library. There are many other things besides books there though.

Did you know that your library has video tapes? Why would you ever go to the video store and pay four dollars to see a movie when you can go down to your local library and check one out for free? All it takes is a library card. Many libraries even have new titles that have been donated and most of them have many videos for children. My children like to check out 3 videos at a time and watch them endlessly, but it doesn't matter how many they want because they are free!

Your library may also have CD's. Many libraries now carry CD's like they used to carry record albums. Cassettes are also available and you will most likely find a wide selection, especially of classical, jazz and instrumental music that you won't normally hear on the radio. Sample some of these great CD's and gain a better sense of music appreciation for your family.

Libraries also carry magazines. You can usually find the most up to date issue of your favorite magazine at the library. Instead of paying those ridiculous subscription fees, bring the kids to the library and while they are discovering the wonders of books, you can be sitting in a nice comfortable chair reading your favorite magazine.

Another addition to libraries is computers. If you don't have your own computer, you can go down to your local library and use one of theirs. Most library computers now have internet access and since there are hardly any people at the library, you probably won't even have to wait on line. Libraries also provide typewriters, copy machines and private cubicles for working on whatever project you are doing or just having some peace and quiet.

The new computerized card catalog systems you will find in today's libraries makes finding a book a breeze. Just type in the author, subject or title and you will have the information you seek right before your eyes. If your library doesn't have the book, they can tell you what library does have it and may even be able to order it for you. There is no end to the resources you can find at your local library, check it out!

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