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There’s a place in your new community that offers endless entertainment, resources and all sorts of activities for every member of your family, from the little ones to the seniors.

And everything it provides you is free.

Your local library should be one of the first places you visit after moving into a new home and neighborhood. Not only so that you can take advantage of everything it has to offer, also because visiting your library is a great way to meet new people and get involved with your new community.

Of course, you can borrow books from the library, but most also offer DVDs and CDs, and some even rent out video games. Regular visits to your library are a great way to introduce young kids to reading and also lets you bond as you choose books to read together.

But that’s just the start of what you can discover at your library. Here’s a rundown of some things many of these remarkable institutions offer.

Book Clubs
Want to do more reading and make new friends? Then a book club is for you. These gatherings allow participants to share their insights on popular and classic books and hear what other people think of them. And these conversations can often result in friendships.

Classes and Groups
Many libraries offer introductory classes on everything from yoga to how to fill out your taxes. There are also clubs and events focused around arts and crafts, knitting, games (board games, video games, chess) and more. Don’t be afraid to join in, even if you’re not an expert—the people running these clubs are often happy to introduce new people to their hobby.

Computer Services
Even if you have your own computer, you may want to use your library’s computers because you need a quiet environment to work or because you need to print things and you don’t own a printer. Your library may also offer classes that teach you the basics of popular programs.

Kids Activities
The next time you’re looking for something to do with your children, head to the library for a story time, movie screening, toddler time or arts and crafts.

When you consider there is no charge for all of this, there really is no reason not to make the most of what your local library offers.