Why your library card is very money smart

Mentor Public Library can help you grow your money.

Mentor Public Library can help you grow your money.

We celebrated Money Smart Week  earlier this month with a week’s worth of programming that focuses on financial literacy.

But, even if you missed those programs, there are still plenty of ways we can help you save money.

1. First and foremost, you can save a lot of money just by using your library card to borrow books and movies. See for yourself with this Library Value Calculator.

And, remember, you can borrow more than books, movies and music from us. We also lend everything from hotspots to ukuleles. And if you don’t want to pay for that Hulu, Netflix or Spotify subscriptions, you can also use your library card to stream TV shows, movies and music too.

2. We also have some very Money Smart databases. You can save money on everything from legal forms to genealogy research.

Want to research something before you buy? You can get free and unbiased reviews of competing products from our Consumer Reports database.

Don’t want to get ripped off when your car needs repairs? Start by visiting Chilton LibraryChilton provides detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Don’t want to spend the money on Rosetta Stone? Learn the languages of the world with the Transparent Language database for free. It offers a simple, intuitive way to learn the basics of more than 100 different languages—everything from Albanian to Zulu.

3. Then there’s Lyndawhich provides free access to thousands of online educational courses. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a Lynda course that can make you better at it: from finance to film-making to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to SEO to spreadsheets.

4. You should check out My Library Rewards. It helps you earn discounts on food, recreation, gym memberships, and more—just for checking out books, videos and other items from the library! Click here for more details.

5. Finally, never forget, we have hundreds of books and documentaries about money and finances that you can borrow for free, which is very Money Smart.


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