The Covington News - - The Second Front - Beth McAfeeHall­man Colum­nist Mama Bee writes a daily blog about fru­gal liv­ing. You can e-mail her at mam­abee@one­fab­u­lous­mama.com.

Hands down, the best bang for your buck can be found at your pub­lic li­brary! You can get fan­tas­tic books and ac­cess to a plethora of re­sources, but did you know you can also find DVDs, CDs, au­dio books, in­ter­net ac­cess in­clud­ing wi-fi, pro­grams for the whole fam­ily, news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, and much much more? The pub­lic li­brary is a great place for your fam­ily and your tax dol­lars al­ready pay for it, so why not take full ad­van­tage of all it has to of­fer you? Here’s my break­down of what I get at our pub­lic li­brary each week and how much it would cost else­where:

Bor­row­ing 10 to 20 movies/ Rent­ing 10 to 20 movies

FREE at the li­brary/ $ 10 to $ 20 else­where

Bor­row­ing 10 to 25 books/ Buy­ing 10 to 25 books

FREE at the li­brary/ $ 25 to $ 169 else­where

Read­ing 5 mag­a­zines/ Buy­ing 5 mag­a­zines

FREE at the li­brary/ $ 34 else­where

At­tend­ing Story Time, Manga Club, Knit­ting Club, Movie Night, Craft Classes, etc.

FREE at the li­brary/ $ 200 else­where

Just based on the fig­ures above, I am get­ting be­tween $ 285 and $ 434 worth of en­ter­tain­ment and re­sources each and ev­ery week at my pub­lic li­brary. The Newton County Pub­lic Li­brary now has three lo­ca­tions! You can find out all about them at www. newton. pub­lic. lib. ga. us.

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