You can get that at the library? (Gregory Karp's "Spending Smart" column in the Chicago Tribune, 8/26/2011)
Excerpt: Where can you borrow a garden rake or fishing pole, host a conference-room meeting and get free passes to the local museum?
It might be at your local public library.
Libraries have always been great money savers because of all the books and periodicals you can borrow and use for free. But they've continued to evolve with the times, and now a library card has become a must-have ticket to savings.
Elections Offerings at libraries can vary widely, so the only way to know all that yours offers is to check out the website or visit in person. But here's a sampling of some unusual services you might find, with help from Molly Raphael, president of the American Library Association.
The list includes:
- Museum tickets
- Kilowatt meters
- Meeting space
- Live entertainment
- Entertainment media
- Online databases