Every week or so, I make a trip to the library to borrow DVDs (usually, any Baby Einstein that we don't already have), magazines, and books. It's like going to Barnes and Noble or Borders, bringing home all the stuff that you want, and not spending a single dime (lest you are paying overdue fees for late returns). In the pic is my sample loot. :)
So yes, I do save money by yielding those tempting magazine subscription offers. Why pay for something that I can get (er, borrow) for free? Another plus, I don't even have to worry about accumulating periodicals clutter. And the DVDs, we're not into collecting them. It's borrow-watch-return. I have a seasonal interest on books, so I don't typically browse the libe's extensive collection. And if I had a particular book in mind, I can search for it in the online catalog, place a request on it, and then get an email or a letter informing me that's it's available for pick-up in my library of choice. Ain't that cool or what?! I can also borrow from and return items to any of the 70+ libraries in Queens, 7 days a week (with late closings on some days).
There are a myriad of free services for children, teens, and adults. From tax prep, to help with homework, to health screenings, to various workshops, to computer or language classes, and so on and so forth! My goodness, pag di ka naman ma-overwhelm! Hahaha. If all these don't make anyone fall in love with the libe, I don't know what else would.
Below is Butchukoy's first trip.
*The Queens Library is an independent system that is separate from the Brooklyn and New York City (Manhattan-Bronx-Staten Island) libraries.