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Save Money and Enrich Your Life at the Library


Shell Display at the Sanibel Library

Shell Display at the Sanibel Library

Libraries are using technology to enrich our lives in surprising ways.

While on vacation, I spoke to Sanibel Island Public Library Director Margaret Mohundro who graciously offered ideas on ways to save money at the library.

Each library has unique offerings so she recommended consulting your local library to see what is available.

Convenience has increased as well. Many services can be accessed right from your home with an Internet connection and a library card number.

Savings and Shells at the Sanibel Island Library

Savings and Shells at the Sanibel Island Library

Here are just a few of Ms. Mohundro’s suggestions:

Museum Passes. Most libraries have passes to local museums, which you can check out for free. You can even do this when you travel. You usually can get a visitor library card for about ten dollars—“It’s a steal!” Some museums will offer passes to the whole family.

Learn a language for free with Mango. You can learn about forty languages at the library or online at home.

Research using online subscription services. The Sanibel Public Library offers subscriptions to Morningstar Investment Research Center, Weiss Financial Ratings Series as well as many others. The Florida Electronic Library provides free magazine articles. This information is from trusted and vetted sources.

Check out free audio and eBooks. You can check out books for your electronic devices such as iPhones, e-readers, and MP3 players. Not all publishers sell electronic books to libraries but many good titles are available.

Dramatic Shells From Around the World

Dramatic Shells From Around the World

• Author lectures and book discussion groups are a good way to stay informed.

Take out puzzles or Scrabble.

You can use the Wi-Fi and computers. And libraries are always a nice place to relax and read a book or magazine.

Resources are available for all age groups. Ms. Mohundro told me about R.E.A.D. which stands for Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Children sit with therapy dogs and read aloud to them as they work on improving their reading skills.

Bouquet Made with Shells

Bouquet Made with Shells

Check out other libraries in your regional system to see if they have different museum passes, events, and services. For example, my local library in Rhode Island offers Universal Class, which offers over 500 online non-credit Continuing Education courses.

Sanibel Island is well-known for its shells.  The library has a beautiful collection of shells from around the world.

Author: financeboomer

Boomers, Markets & Money is a down-to-earth discussion of financial and lifestyle information

11 thoughts on “Save Money and Enrich Your Life at the Library

  1. Very nice post. You should do one on how Mom saved money – she was very good at stretching a dollar. I can tell you if you can’t remember.


    • Well, I remember how she used to mix powdered milk with whole milk to make it go further. I think Mom’s example taught us all that we should be careful and responsible with money. Helen

  2. Helen. Enjoyed the article and even learned something. Well done! Jonnie

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    • Thank you very much, Susan! I enjoy checking Susan’s blog every week to see what is going on in the Sanibel’s real estate market. There’s a lot of fun stuff to do there and library is an exceptional community library. Helen

  4. Hi Helen. I enjoyed this article, especially about R.E.A.D. What a great idea, having kids read to dogs. A perfect combination!

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