Maybe you thought your library was only good for books, well you’re wrong. The Library has many things from activities to movies that are there for you to use for free. Did you know that two thirds of Americans have a library card in their wallet but most don’t realize all of the free stuff they can get because of it or how much money it can save them. Your own local library in particular carries an extensive collection of portable Playaway audiobooks and Playaway View video players, as well as a variety of other entertaining and educational resources.
Here are 5 Free Services Your Library Card Provides You
1. Movies and Music
Why spend money downloading music or renting DVDs when you can get them for free from your local library? Most libraries are well stocked on both items. Even saving the $1 per rental at Redbox can add up to significant savings in a year.
Many libraries have transitioned to free downloads of eBooks (for your Kindle, Nook, iPad and Sony Reader) with your library card log in. Most eBooks are available for 21 days (the same as checking out a regular book).
Audiobooks continue to gain popularity, especially with families. They can be a life-saver on a long commute or road trip. Plus, reading aloud to children has been proven to help build vocabulary and language skills. Your local library has an extensive Playaway collection, digital audio devices that come with books pre-loaded and run on a standard AAA battery (included). Playaway is a vailable in best-selling titles, hot new releases and award winning content – all delivered in high definition audio. All you need are headphones and you’re ready to go.
4. Video Players
In addition to DVDs, many libraries carry the Playaway View, a portable, all-in-one video player pre-loaded with dozens of award-winning educational and entertaining programs. It weighs less than 6 ounces, has a 3.5” full color LCD screen with a shatter-resistant acrylic cover. It has a rechargeable battery and hours worth of continuous play.
5. Language Courses
Most language programs cost a small fortune, and taking a language class can be inconvenient as well as expensive. Now you can learn a new language for FREE! Mango Languages offers free access to more than 40 foreign language courses and 14 English as a second language courses through your local library account.