13 Free Things You Didn’t Know You Could Get with Your Library Card
You already know the library is full of books to borrow but did you know you could score free passes for the museum, record a song in a studio, or borrow a chocolate fountain—all for free?
Say you’re throwing your kid a birthday party and they want a chocolate fountain, but your birthday budget doesn’t include money for that—and why would you spend money on something you probably won’t use it again? You might want to check your library if they lend party supplies. Dee Culbertson, director, Madison Public Library in Ohio tells Reader’s Digest the Kitchen Kits is a service that lets patrons borrow kitchen items including cake pans, fondue pots, coffee pots, and a wok for up to 14 days. “These items are paired with how-to books, so patrons know how to use the items, plus cookbooks that have recipes specific to each cooking tool,” says Culbertson. “That chocolate fountain has been to a lot of parties around town!”
Whether you just moved into town or your kids have flown the coop, making new friends couldn’t be more fun than at your local library. If you like books, coffee and chatting then you’ll already be in good company when you attend the monthly Books, Coffee, and Conversation at the Arbutus branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. If your preferred genre leans more towards a page-turning mystery, join other sleuths to discuss a new title every month in the Mystery and Suspense Book Club. For the hands-on crowd register for a Saturday Crafternoon class at the Towson branch. Read these short books in a day and discuss with your friends tomorrow.
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Parents who are concerned about their kid’s screen time will love the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) kit. Each kit provides hours of fun learning with an educational toy, like a human body model you can take apart or a building kit and other supporting materials such as books, DVDs, or flash cards. “The kits are engaging, and fun and they only check out for a week, so they won’t be cluttering up your living room for months,” says Alyson Lobert library director at the Walled Lake City Library in Michigan. You don’t have to be a kid to get a kick out of these 17 children’s books.
We have to be clear, there’s no bowling alley in the basement library, but the seniors can play Wii Bowling at the Des Plaines Public Library in Illinois. According to Garcia-Febo the Wii Bowling competitions at the library have become “quite the local happening.” We can see why—it’s a fun and friendly competition with no stinky shoe rental or stuck fingers in a bowling ball. Next, check out the most impressive library in each state.