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When is the last time you visited your local library?

I’ve made use of them a lot through the years, including fun and educational reading, school research in the stacks, and work for 2 semesters of grad school. But even I forgot just how great they are. I finally ventured to the nearby library a few weeks ago. In addition to picking up a couple dvds and books, I learned that there are yoga and spanish classes offered!!

While a few traditional libraries focusing on books do still exist, the majority of libraries are becoming community centers.

Different libraries focus on different things, usually dependent on the people who live in the surrounding area. You may find that a library a little further away is better suited for you. Don’t assume that all libraries in your city are the same.

You are likely to find:

  • DVDs (tv shows, movies, documentaries, etc.)
  • CDs (music, books-on-CD, etc.)
  • Current books
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Interlibrary loan and borrowing privileges with other libraries
  • Classes (everything from languages, writing, finance, tax prep, yoga)
  • Book clubs
  • Lecture series
  • Children’s groups and story time
  • Youth groups
  • Computers and internet access
  • Movie showings
  • Artist exhibitions
  • Holiday programs and events
With all of these options, you may still want to simply borrow a book. Just before heading to Yellowstone, I picked up a guidebook, which came in very handy on the trip.

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