400,000 people can't be wrong. If they are, then I don't want to be right, since that's about the number of people who own Denver Public Library cards.
In Money Saving Manuevers Parts I and II, we discovered some innovative ways to keep your money in your pocket. Next, we'll see how your humble library card can help you save big bucks where kids are concerned, since, according to a recent USDA report, it now costs nearly $250,000 to raise one. And that's not including college.
In spite of our media saturated world, kids still love to come to the library - I know this because every day I see them tugging on a parent's sleeve, hurrying to the Children's Department for a book club, storytime, fun craft program, or just to find a favorite book. Many of our branches have great play areas, and kids in the Smiley branch neighborhood are lucky enough to have the only toy library in town. Cyberly speaking, kids can read books online, learn a language, get homework help or watch a fun video such as "Beavers are Geniuses."
Since the launch of Central's IdeaLab, our free digital media lab, teens no longer cross the street to avoid the library. A magical place, this Level 4 space allows anyone ages 12-19 (with or without a library card) free access to computers and all kinds of software to create videos, games, music and art. There's also Evolver, DPL's teen site that has something for everyone, including:
- How to write a guest blog or review
- Fun events both in the library and around town
- Resources for teen life that cover sensitive topics such as bullying, relationships and sexuality
- Homework help (featuring several research databases), Ask Us! (our 24-hour online reference), email reference, and student research appointments.
Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy by Jonnie McCoy (2009)
The $5 Dinner Mom: One Dish Dinners Cookbook by Erin Chase (2012)
Ella Earns Her Own Money by Lisa Bullard (2014)
Next: More ways to save with your library card.