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Frugal Summer Fun Series: Libraries Part 2

Make sure to check out Part 1 first!

Libraries are more than just a place to check out books; many have turned into family-friendly, affordable community centers. With access to computers, newspapers, magazines and more – your library has a lot to offer. Today we’re going to go beyond words and learn how to connect!

Most libraries have websites. Some are even active on social media. It goes to show that things are always changing and being updated. It’s a great idea to check out the websites of libraries in your area to maximize all of their available resources. Each library has an event calendar that tells you about groups, activities, events and promotions you can participate in. I’ve noticed that some libraries have a lot more activities than others so it might be worth a little extra driving to visit a larger library. Or you might enjoy the smaller, quiet activities at a smaller library. Either way, it’s good to know what’s available!

Here are some things you should keep an eye out for:

  • Storytime for kids of all different ages
  • Special kid programs
  • Baby and toddler playgroups
  • Movie Nights
  • Games Nights
  • Family Friendly Events
  • Book Sales
  • Summer Reading Programs for kids and adults
  • Summer School Help/Reading Buddies/Math Tutors
  • Book Clubs for adults
  • Hobby Groups
  • Local Chapters of Organizations
  • Lego Clubs
  • Comic Book/YA Programs
  • Flyers for community events, free music, programs and local sales

For my local readers, here are a few things that I think are extra awesome and worthy of checking out:

  • Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls, NY has a line-up of free, family friendly events being held on Thursday Nights. Visit their library or event calendar for specifics but you’ll find anything from animal shows to illusionists to a Teddy Bear Picnic! They also a summer reading program for kids that gives them prizes each week and adults which enters them into a raffle for gift cards to restaurants!
  • Blodgett Memorial Library in Fishkill, NY has a twice a week free playgroup for Infants and Toddlers. This is a great way to “socialize your kid” without paying for expensive programs. They also do an end of summer carnival that is tons of fun and occasional opportunities to babysit your kid while you go out with your spouse! Visit their library or give them a call for more details.
  • Poughkeepsie Public Library in Poughkeepsie, NY has amazing programs for babies through adults. Anything from sensory tables to book readings to electronic clubs and writing groups for adults. Check out their website for all of the opportunities. They also have a movie viewing theater and are playing free movies for families throughout the summer!

I encourage you to look around your area and find some frugal activities to help you have a great, fun summer! Make sure to check out the earlier posts for more ideas!

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