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Each week we take a trip to the library where we borrow books, DVD's and CD's. My daughters were having a tough time going down for their nap because they kept talking and playing. I borrowed some stories on CD from the library and played one at the start of each naptime. This has made naps so much easier. Our library has a great selection of children's books on CD and we borrow a bunch each week for the girl's naptime.
Each night, hubby reads the girls a book before bed. We quickly ran out of books in our personal collection so we headed to the library. Now we read them a new book almost every night. We read old favorites many times during the day, but at bedtime, the girls are always treated to a new book.
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Aside from all the books, the library offers free story-times and opportunities for family events. Before Christmas we went to a fun family sing-a-long at the library. But one of the coolest things that many libraries offer are free museum passes. That's right, you can have free family outings thanks to the library. My county library allows you to reserve and print these passes at home. What more could you ask for?
Needless to say, the public library is a frugal mom's best friend. But you will find something there for everyone. When I move to a new town, the first thing I do is get a library card. Please explore all that your local library has to offer. Just make sure to return your items on time. Late charges are not so frugal.