Even when your wallet is thin, the Kent District Library is a great community resource. We offer much more than just books (though those are great, too). You can borrow movies for free, attend free programs, use our computers, even look for a job. And there is a KDL branch near you!
The Consumerist has posted 7 Ways Your Public Library Can Help You During a Bad Economy. The Kent District Library offers all these things and more! If you don’t have a library card, stop in any branch today and get one for free. Even when the economy is struggling, KDL is your source for Information. Ideas. Excitement!
The Consumerist’s reasons for visiting your library:
1. You can get pretty much any book at the library: A book habit can be expensive. Even second hand books can add up if you read a lot. Even the smallest library can access inter-library loan, Worldcat, OCLC and other library loan services to get you even the most obscure and out of print material.
2. Yes, we have movies: Many libraries charge a nominal fee (they’re free at KDL!) for renting recent or “popular” titles. It’s something of a controversy in the profession, one side arguing all library services should be free, the other saying “We’re not a video store!”. I tend to fall on the side of free for all. In any case, the fee is often far less than what you’d pay for a rental at a chain video store, and the fees to cover costs of processing and growing the video collection. If you’re looking for a rare film, perhaps older or on an obscure format (Betamax tapes are out there still) libraries can save you a ton compared to buying it on Ebay.
3. Kids Activities: Any library worth it’s salt offers a summer reading program for kids (join KDL’s Summer Reading Club). Often with prizes, programs and events all summer long. Libraries also offer storytimes, arts and crafts, computer classes, movie nights and reading clubs for kids of all ages.
4. Save Money and maybe your life!: Libraries offer seminars in home buying, estate planning and even purchasing electronics and other big-ticket items. Libraries also offer free blood pressure screenings, programs about weight loss and exercise.
5. Make new friends: Library book clubs and book discussion groups are great ways to meet people. Some libraries even offer “mingling” events for single patrons.
6. Find a new job!: I can’t tell you how many times local employers have come in asking to post job listings or drop off materials about open positions. Many libraries offer resume writing workshops, computer training and even job fairs. College and University library job fairs are often open to the public.
7. Libraries listen to consumers!: We like to call them patrons, but we really do listen. Do you want a storytime for kids after 5pm? Ask for it! Want more books about home finance or budgeting? Just ask! Libraries often go to great pains to suss out what the community wants, letting us know directly is great. The complaint or suggestion of a patron carries a lot of weight with library directors and boards, so you are being heard. (Recommend a KDL purchase!)
Do you want to know what your library is worth to you? Use this calculator from the Library of Michigan to find out!