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Perhaps nowhere do consumers get more for free than the local library. Wi-Fi and computer access, books, magazines, movies, and music are just the start.
Many branches offer classes on everything from art to technology, as well as lectures, concerts, movie screenings, game nights, tax help, nutrition and cooking programs, and more for free or a nominal fee. While children's areas and story time are library traditions, teen-only spaces and programs have become another must. Lately it's hard to find a good library without a "maker space" for sewing, sawing, or producing parts with a 3D printer, not to mention reading, meeting, and study rooms. Common free digital resources include Hoopla, Freegal for music, Freading and OverDrive for ebooks, OneClickDigital for audiobooks, Zinio for magazines, and TumbleBooks for children's music and games. At many libraries, members can check out passes for free or greatly reduced admission to area museums and other cultural attractions.
These 50 libraries across the country boast even more amenities. Non-residents can partake at most libraries for a small yearly fee.