If you’ve been to Lincoln Township Public Library recently to check out materials, you may have noticed something new on your checkout receipt. There’s a line at the bottom that reads, “You would have paid” followed by a dollar amount.
Don’t be alarmed by this; you aren’t being billed for anything. This just means that if you had gone to a store to purchase all the materials you have checked out, that is how much it would have cost you to buy them. And as you may have noticed, this can add up quickly. Let’s say you bring your family into the library and check out five books, three movies, and three music CDs. If you were to purchase all these materials on your own, it would cost you approximately $150. Now let’s say you do this once a week. Over the course of a year, all those materials would cost you about $8,000! But when you come into the library, you don’t have to pay anything!
It is true that your taxes help support the library, so technically our services are not free. Yet based on this example, one visit to the library would already get you a full return on your investment and then some. I’m sure there are many other things you could do with that money you save. And in addition to borrowing materials, the library offers lots of great programming and a staff that’s always ready to help.
Think of some of the ways in which the library can save you money:
- Education: If your children need books for a school assignment, whether it’s a book report or a research paper, we have lots of sources you can borrow from us for free. You don’t have to go online or to a bookstore and spend lots of money on books you will only use once then don’t need anymore.
- Entertainment: A trip to the movie theater for a family of four can easily cost over $50 just for one movie. At the library, we have hundreds of movies to choose from, and you can watch as many as you want – in the comfort of your own home – at no charge.
- Computer Training: We regularly offer free computer classes and Tech Help sessions. Elsewhere, taking a class in Microsoft Office or purchasing training DVDs can be costly.
- Story Time for Children: Instead of paying to take your kids out for entertainment, bring them to a story time or a children’s event at the library. They are educational and won’t cost you anything. (Notice a pattern here?)
And remember that the library is a community resource. When we all share these materials or come together to participate in library events, we’re building connections in the community. It’s not just about saving money, important as that is. It’s about coming together to make our community stronger.
These days, there are so many education and entertainment options available for your family. But why not come to the library? You won’t find another place where you can get more for your money!