Ann Swanson has no idea how much money her family saves each month by using the library, but she’s guessing it’s plenty.
In a typical 30-day span, Ann said, she and her two youngest children check out two movies, a couple of video games and up to 30 books. Then there are the dozen or so books she checks out weekly to read to the children in the daycare she operates. And when they are offered, Ann attends KDL’s Early Childhood Essentials classes for free, rather than paying fees of about $25 per class.
Minus the classes, that’s an estimated $638 the Swanson family checks out in library materials every month, according to KDL’s Value Calculator. And that also doesn’t include the weekly Storytimes she brings her daycare children to at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) and other branches.
“You should see my calendar at home right now; it’s just filled with anything and everything to do (at KDL) that fits,” said the mother of five. “With such a large family, I never could have afforded to do so many fun things on our own.”
As much as they get from their library, the Swansons also give back. Two of Ann’s children have been library volunteers for many years, and this year her youngest, Kolby, 11, will become the third.
An avid reader since childhood, Ann said she was not a heavy library user until she became a parent because she grew up living far from a public library.
“I think that’s why I really didn’t know all the services that were available at libraries until I had kids of my own,” she said. “I still know people who don’t use libraries and I can’t imagine why not. I definitely get my money’s worth.”
Ann Swanson was the winner of KDL’s “Tell us how KDL has saved your family money” contest, and has received a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card. Share your own story here.