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Here’s a story that … well, just read the headline: “KFC Has Published a Colonel Sanders Romance Novel in Honor of Mother’s Day and I Am Overwhelmed

Needless to say, I am also overwhelmed. Apparently KFC has released a 96-page novella, called – WAIT FOR IT – Tender Wings of Desire as a free e-book on Amazon. There’s a Mother’s Day peg to it all, but I’m honestly having a hard time focusing on that, because … just look at that book cover. In the words of the article’s author, “I have never been so horrified and yet delighted in my whole, entire life, and you will not judge me for this.”

Now let’s go have a weekend.


Free e books

Sorry for the lack of organization. It’s just annoying to do that on my phone :) just click the links :)–Comprehensive-Unlimited-Abundance-ebook/dp/B00VCEEMES/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1459782181&sr=1-9&keywords=divination&linkCode=sl1&tag=ist019-20&linkId=e0b98bb08ccbbd4bc9efa24b9bab7493

Tips To Make Your College Experience Cheaper

Textbook websites

  • List of websites where you can find free ebooks, specified by subject.
  • (to compare textbook prices)
  • (price comparison)
  • (offers textbook editions, like unbound ones, that are cheaper than retailers)
  • (shipping is free, as well as the shipping back to the warehouse)
  • (free e-books)
  • (searching shows the lowest price for a book)
  • (find the highest buy back site for a book)
  • (Good for English majors, discounted books shipped around the world)
  • (free digital copies of books)
  • HERE is a huge list of textbook PDFs.

Textbook tips

  • ALWAYS check to see if textbook websites have online coupons. Check outside websites like but also sign up for their email listing. They often send you a coupon for just signing up and will continually send you other coupon deals.
  • Amazon has good deals on books sometimes and they offer college students temporary free membership. Here’s a link explaining some of the details.
  • Amazon and other retailers, like Barnes and Noble also offer textbook rental. You get the book for a certain amount of time (30 days, 60 days, 90 days, etc., then mail it back to them.) Much cheaper than buying.
  • Some professors put textbooks on reserve in the library so you can check them out for an hour or two instead of actually buying them.
  • If your class textbooks are at the library and you need them for longer than allowed, you can always photocopy them.
  • Look for Facebook pages/groups with your school name and year, people are always posting online to get rid of their textbooks.
  • If your books are older/literature type books they are often available as e-books for free or easy to find at used bookstore or thrift stores.
  • Ask your professor after hours if you can borrow and make copies of the class textbook.
  • Many colleges use the Link+ library sharing program or something similar. If the textbook you need isn’t offered in the library, another school within the program can deliver the book for free. Ask you school’s librarians about it.
  • If you have a class that requires a “reader,” which is just a bunch of articles, you can usually find them at the school library or online.
  • Keep your textbooks in the best condition possible, so they sell for higher when you no longer need them.
  • If you can access your class list and the emails of your classmates early, ask if anyone would like to share a textbook. Split the price and share it or just ask to copy the chapters needed.

General tips

  • If you get financial aid, set it up to deposit into your own checking account because FAFSA ATMs are frustrating.
  • Check out the dollar stores for some college supplies. They have pens, notebooks, planners, etc.
  • Find upperclassmen who are moving out of their dorms/apartments, they often sell/give away items they are no longer going to be using.
  • Find out if your department offers free printing to undergrads. If yours doesn’t, find a friend whose department does.
  • Pretty much every school offers a MS Office license to students for free. It may not be well advertised but make sure to find out before paying for the programs on your own.
  • Bulk supply stores are usually cheaper.
  • Use your phone’s planner and alerts for assignments.
  • If you need energy boosts, it’s definitely cheaper to brew your own coffee and tea, then use a travel mug. But if you need to go to places like Starbucks, sign up for the Starbucks card so you can get free refills on certain items and get discounts for members only.
  • Find out what free courses your school offers and go to them instead of paying for a tutor.
  • At many universities there are conferences and talks almost daily, which often offer free lunches and dinners.
  • Some colleges offer free cab services so make sure to look into that.
  • Most school health care places give out free condoms and they are often given out at events too.
  • Besides math, older editions of textbooks are usually just fine and much cheaper.
  • Thrift stores are great if you need items for your dorm or apartment, they have appliances and offer testing areas in a section of the store.
  • Specific to Seattle: There’s a place called Seattle ReCreative and you can get school supplies for extremely cheap.
  • Check when stores offer back to school sales and get supplies then for cheaper than usual.
  • Get your syllabus as soon as possible so you can photocopy all the needed pages in textbooks.
  • Look for websites that offer similar information in the textbook, sometimes it’s explained better online, gives examples, or just generally better worded.
  • Buy school supplies during tax-free weekend.
  • Apply for as many local scholarships as possible and do it every year in college, not just freshman year.
  • Ask absolutely every place you go if they offer student discounts. Many places don’t advertise this, but will offer some kind of discount if you show your student ID.
  • Find out if your school has assistance options for lower income students.
  • HERE is a list of food budget tips, recipes, and websites to help.
  • Some classes have extra fees for whatever reason, for example they will charge more if certain equipment will be used. If it’s not a course you need, sometimes it’s better to find cheaper elective classes.
  • Consider community college to save money, and then transfer to a 4 year school. Or attend community college classes during the summer but make sure to always check if the credits transfer.
  • If you need to use a credit card, try to get on with cash back rewards. Also check which banks offer perks for students, like free checking or a no-free policy for low minimum balances.
  • Check out your college newspaper and signs around campus. You will often find information about free events or find coupons with discounts on near by businesses.
  • School supplies that don’t sell at stores like Walmart and Target are extremely discounted during the last week of August.
  • Always check if stores price check.
Reblog this if you’d be willing to answer some questions about being an incarnate angel.

I’ve decided my book project for this year will be about incarnate angels. I have a few ideas for the content of the book, but nothing is set in stone yet. The title is still a work in process as well. Since I’m only one person, I can’t speak for every angel out there; therefore, I’d like to get as many opinions on certain topics as I can.

You can reblog this regardless of your religion, age, gender, sexuality, birth sex, physical appearance, weight, etc. As long as you identify as an incarnate angel, I want to hear your opinions. Whether you see yourself as an angel currently, believe it was a past life, or even view it in a psychological sense, I want your input. 

Please spread this around and share it with your #actuallyangelic friends.

None of your personal information will be used without your permission. The questions I ask will pertain to how you discovered you were an angel, how you found your name or form(s), what religion you come from (if any), what you feel your purpose is, how you feel about the community here on Tumblr, etc//

If you reblog this post, I will send you a questionairre to fill out and send back to me, if you’d like. You do not have to answer every single question, or share the response of every question with me. Feel free to leave questions blank if you’d prefer not to answer. 

Thanks for reading - I hope to see some interesting responses!

(PS: My messages, submit, and askbox are all open if for whatever reason you can’t reblog this post.)


Kaminari means so much to me as you probably know so I wanted to give him the best presents I could think of and a lovely time with his friends so here it is! [AO3]

Patches of sunlight slid through the treetops and bounced off Kaminari’s nose and cheekbones to settle in his hair. He lay on his stomach at the edge of the park, back dappled in shade as he rearranged the tilt of his phone so he could read properly.

Later he wanted to go to the library to find some better books and maybe volunteer for a while but for now the free e-book he’d downloaded would have to do. Stifling a yawn, he rolled over on the soft grass and tried to get comfortable on his back.

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Interview: Dominique Cyprès

Today we’re joined by Dominique Cyprès. Dominique is a phenomenal writer who has dabbled with various forms including fiction and nonfiction. Their first love is poetry and they have written plenty of different kinds of poetry. They have a story in Unburied Fables, an anthology from Creative Aces. It’s obvious they’re a passionate and dedicated writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.


Please, tell us about your art.

I’ve dabbled in a lot of different sorts of writing – from fiction to creative non-fiction, poetry in both verse and prose. As someone with an overlapping interest in tech, I’ve also experimented a little with interactive fiction. I’m really interested in what new ground can still be broken with Infocom-style text adventures.

I’ve also forayed a little into video editing and stereographic photography. I’m pretty much the prototypical “jack of all trades” in that I keep trying new media and I don’t often stick with one and try to master it. In the end, though, everything seems to come back to poetry. I often find that when I’m working on fiction, or text adventures, or visual media, I’m compelled to find a way to inject poetry into that medium.

What inspires you?

My primary motivation in making art is a sort of practical mysticism; my goal is to give voice to the enormous wonder and bewilderment I feel trying to make sense of both the natural world and interpersonal interaction. As an autistic person, I often find myself in the sort of situation that Temple Grandin refers to as being “an anthropologist on Mars.” The world often seems an altogether foreign place to me, and my art (when I have the time to make it) acts essentially as fields notes on this inscrutable country.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

The artistic role models who have most informed the direction I take in poetry are probably Emily Dickinson, Miyazawa Kenji (whose work I have read only in English translation), and Charles Simic. Dickinson and Miyazawa together really pulled me toward poetry as a medium in the first place, and their biographies and work share certain themes in common. Both were disabled and regarded as odd by their communities. Both expressed in their work an immense love of humanity and of nature, but wrote from a perspective of looking upon these subjects from the outside, and both wrote largely for themselves and did not manage to sell much of their work to professional publications during their lifetimes.

Simic’s influence on me comes through his seminal Pulitzer-prize winning volume The World Doesn’t End, and largely has to do with his pioneering work on the form of prose poetry, and his use of ambiguous and discordant sensory images to cultivate what poets refer to as “negative capability,” the ability to draw art out of questions that have no answers, out of confusion and non-rational thought.

I tend to think of art as something I am inclined to do, and not as a feature of who I am, perhaps because I’ve long had it drilled into my head that writing poetry alone is not a viable professional path for someone who needs to support themself and their family financially. I’ve heard this even from former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand, who derives much of his personal income from his work as a college professor.

As a young person I wanted to devote my life to art in some way professionally. As I neared the end of high school I told my parents I wanted to study acting full-time in college and choose that as my field. They asked where I would find the money to feed myself and I didn’t really have an answer, so I studied psychology instead, and wound up dropping out of college after three years when I reached a point where my undiagnosed learning disabilities had started to make it impossible to complete my coursework.

At that point, in 2012, my self-esteem just bottomed out entirely, and one thing to I did in an effort to pull it back up was to take a bunch of poetry I had been working on while I was at school (where I was pursuing a creative writing minor) and build on that work, flesh out its themes a little bit, and compile it into a book I could have printed through a major self-publishing-platform. That was Dogs from your childhood & other unrealities. I had neither the money nor the energy to engage in any serious promotion for it at the time, but being able to share my work with some appreciative friends in that manner was the kind of encouragement I needed.

Now I’m working on a new volume of poems. It’s necessarily very different from my last book, because I’ve changed a lot since 2012. It’s in verse, whereas my last book was entirely in prose. It’s much more concerned with overtly political questions, with the relationships between the wage worker and their work, with the struggles of a young and growing family. I hardly find time to work on it, as a full-time retail worker, part-time student, and parent, but I’m excited to share the personal growth I’ve experienced in this form.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I often feel that I’m walking a metaphorical tightrope in my work, attempting to balance impulses toward self-deprecation, disillusionment, and cynicism on one hand and an irrepressible sense of naïve wonder on the other. That’s a feature of my everyday life, too, but I expect it comes out a lot in what I make.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

My advice would be to try to hold on to your art, to what you do that moves you on a deep level, even when it doesn’t pay the bills. And if you have to step aside from making art because you’re depressed or just too busy struggling to survive for a while, you need not be ashamed. Go back to your art when you’re ready and let it accept you with open arms.


Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m asexual, and I’ve identified myself as such since age 20 when I first heard about other asexual people. I’m quoiromantic. I’m married now; I have two spouses and a child, and the fact that I’m asexual doesn’t come up very often in my day-to-day life. But if I had never identified myself as asexual in the first place, I probably wouldn’t be married now, because it was identifying as asexual that allowed me first to accept myself for who I am, and then to find people who understood and accepted me enough to start a family with me.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

There’s a strong push for writers of creative non-fiction and poetry today to candidly confess intimate details of their personal lives, and that very often includes one’s sex life and sexuality. That can be an uncomfortable demand for an asexual writer and I encourage other writers to share only what they can share confidently. As it happens, though, I have made very few connections “in my field”, so I don’t yet have any direct experience with ignorance around ace issues directed at me as a writer.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

As much as you can insist to people that asexuality is your sexual orientation, some people will be determined to see it as a medical symptom that you should somehow be treating, or as an ideological position. There’s only so much myth-dispelling educational material you can provide to someone before it becomes a waste of time.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

The decision to reclassify Pluto as a dwarf planet, and not as a proper planet, was an arbitrary taxonomic exercise, motivated by mounting discoveries of Pluto-sized objects in our solar system. Essentially, if we continued to count Pluto as a planet, there would be so many newly-found planets of similar size that we could never hope to make elementary school children memorize all their names. But Pluto is still out there in the Kuiper belt, and it’s still an important target for scientific research.

Similarly, your experiences as an asexual person are real and an important part of your life even when other people find it inconvenient to acknowledge them.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Dogs from your childhood & other unrealities is still available in print and as a free e-book via my blog. My next book, tentatively titled dead monochrome doggerel, is still in the works and I’ll be sure to announce it on my blog when it’s ready.

Thank you, Dominique, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Question to the Interested

So I was thinking lately, with me having so many stories on this blog (150+ last time I checked), would anyone be interested if i made collections of them available as free e-books? It wouldn’t take much, just copying and pasting them over, but it might make it easier to find certain stories if they were collected in a book (like 15 horror stories together), then scrolling through 100 stories to find one. (Things are tagged here by genre, typically, though, if you are interested in looking up stories that way). 

It would definitely be free, they are already available here on Tumblr after all. It would really just be a convenience thing. 

Anyways, sorry for rambling. I would love to hear other’s thoughts on this. Good idea? Bad idea? Is there a better method? 

33 Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Books That Will Help You Create a Life You Love in the New Year | Renee Lo Iacono

Sometimes, a good book is all we need to get us moving in the right direction again.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

2. My Spiritual Journey by The Dalai Lama

3. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

4. Choose Yourself! by James Altucher

5. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) by Timothy Ferriss

6. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

7. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

8. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

9. Re-Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins (free e-book!)

10. The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy by Gregg Braden

11. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Lynn Vincent and Todd Burpo

12. The Shack by William P. Young

13. The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence by Deepak Chopra

14. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattle

15. Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

16. The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes

17. The Fifth Mountain: A Novel by Paulo Coelho

18. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra

19. The Power by Rhonda Byrnes

20. Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives by Thich Nhat Hanh

21. The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life by Deepak Chopra

22. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

23. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh

24. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

25. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

26. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz

27. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

28. When GOD Winks on Love: Let the Power of Coincidence Lead You to Love by SQuire Rushnell

29. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love: Simple Ways to Nurture, and Strengthen Your Relationships While Avoiding the Habits That Break Down Your Loving Connection by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. and Kristine Carlson

30. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

31. Spontaneous Healing : How to Discover and Embrace Your Body’s Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself by Andrew Weil, M.D.

32. Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss Ph.D.

33. Divine Transformation: The Divine Way to Self-clear Karma to Transform Your Health, Relationships, Finances, and More (Soul Power) by Zhi Gang Sha

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The Goblins of Bellwater - Review

I received a free e-copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the Publisher!

The Goblins of Bellwater is a fantasy story about four young people, in their twenties, who all come to be entangled in a Goblin curse in Bellwater, Washington. However, these are not your typical Goblins from The Labyrinth - there is no sexy David Bowie as a Goblin King. These are cunning, nasty, scary and despicable creatures, who lure people into their lair and do unspeakable things to them. This book is also nothing like Wintersong - while it has romance in it (and really sweet romance) it is not between a supernatural and a human.

It all begins one twilight evening, when Skye decides to call upon the magical creatures (disbelieving they actually exist) and they lure her into their lair and put an enchantment on her, as a retaliation for Kit (their human liaison) not bringing enough gold for them that month. Soon we find out that Kit’s family has been under the goblin’s curse for 3 generations and he has no idea how to break it. Meanwhile, Skye is becoming worse and worse, unable to speak, uninterested in painting, eating, taking care of herself. Her sister Livy is doing her best to take care of Skye, even getting Grady (Kit’s cousin) to cook for Skye during the day. However, it will take all four of them to break the curse.

The book actually caught me unawares. I LOVED the descriptions and the lusciousness of the whole world. Miss Ringle stays true to the Victorian horror genre. The book is dark, suspenseful, still full of romance (as many Victorian novels are) and disturbing. The only difference in between Miss Ringle’s book and those of the Victorian Horror genre, is that we have a female hero here, which I quite enjoyed. I also loved the fact that the characters were older, not your typical teenagers pouting at you the whole book.

Overall I think it is a clever book, full of lessons such as what it is to love and loose and how to take care of the environment. Furthermore, the older you get the harder it becomes to believe in the supernatural, and Miss Ringle did the supernatural so masterfully that it made me really think.

I will definitely be on the lookout for anything else she writes.

Hey tumblr! 

I’m interested in putting together a chapbook for folks that both identify as both queer and Jewish! While the idea is still kind of in progress, I hope to at least bare minimum put together a free online e-book. Ideally I’d love to get enough submissions by June 10th to start putting it together. If folks need more time, I’m also happy to extend it!

Feel free to submit any art, poetry, prose, short stories, or essays that relate to your queer and/or Jewish identity. To ask questions/submit you can email

A bit about me: I’m Jayce, a queer Jew living in Minnesota going to school and doing the living thing. I’ve been thinking about how neat it would be to put together a chapbook for a while now, and really hope people find value in this and want to give it a go! 

Hope to hear from people and hopefully create a thing!! 

Please share and reblog especially to other queer Jews!

I’m not sure if my book ask was just for Russian, but I wanted to go ahead and recommend some language books for other languages as well. These are books I have used so there probably are better ones that I have not yet used.

General: The Teach Yourself Series and the Colloquial Series.



  • Elementary Azerbaijani: The book most often used in college for the language. Can be a bit hard to use on your own without someone to help you.



  • Elementary Hindi: A good textbook. I haven’t seen that many Hindi books, but this one does a good job.


  • Korean from Zero: This book is so beginner friendly. It is free as an e-book/ on the website, but you can buy the print edition if you prefer it.


  • Ponto de encontro: I like it since it teaches both Brazillian and European Portuguese. It is very expensive so maybe buy a colloquial book instead.


grumpyeyes  asked:

Do you have any tips/references for a brand new witch with basically a $0 budget and hardly any knowledge on witchcraft? I'm really into the crystals and I know a little about the stones but I'm eager to know more and begin my craft! 💛

Luckily for you, you don’t really need anything other than yourself for witchcraft! You don’t need a bunch of things for spells, just yourself and your intent! The ingredients just help us focus the energy and potentially amplify it if done properly. As far as knowledge goes, there is a bunch of information that you can find online (for free!). And honestly the stuff you can find written online is more reliable then some witchcraft books. You can look up tons of spells, correspondence and information right here on tumblr, and there is more off of tumblr as well!

As far as supplies you can get, recycle! A lot of drinks come in glass jars (and food), and when you are done with those you can clean them out and reuse them for spell jars, storage, whatever. I actually do this a lot, especially with food jars from pasta sauce, jam, wine/beer bottles, etc. I can hear by boyfriend’s annoyed voice saying “saving another wine bottle? Really?”. You can do this with clear plastic bottles too, in a pinch. I have done that as well. Just despose of properly when you are done with them! (Don’t bury plastic please. Or glass really.) You can even save things like paper bags, ribbons, small bits of thread, etc for witchcraft… all of which are good for spells! Altoids tins make great portable altars as well.

Learn your local wildlife and plants. You can potentially go foraging for supplies. I used to do this A LOT when I lived in Washington State, because I know the greenery there really well, and know what is useful. I also lived out in the middle of the woods so there was a lot of selection right in my backyard. 

If you are shopping and have a little extra cash, keep your eye peeled. Places like Target, Michaels, your local grocery store, dollar stores, yard/estate sales, antique stores, second hand stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc) and online places like amazon can all have amazing deals on various supplies! I can’t even begin to explain to you all the great things I have found in thrift stores, ranging from candles, pots for plants, candle holders, crystals, etc.

Speaking of the dollar store, you can find SO MANY THINGS there for so cheap. Candles, herbs, etc. You can sometimes find quartz necklaces there as well too!

Also head to the kitchen! If you are interested in herbs, you probably have a bunch of dried ones sitting in your kitchen! :)

More Goodies:


Working on my free health&fitness e-book! No im NOT a certified trainer so notice I said FREE! I do want to get certified and turn my journey into a business because when I looked up personal trainers and programs they were ALL way to expensive! So yeah. I have a free 30 day challenge e-book and I plan to release it September 1st. Same time my free in person Atlanta fitness trial begins. So stay tuned!

Support public libraries!!

I am heartsick from seeing so many thousands of books being thrown in the trash, week after week after week with no end in sight.

Please support your public library!

It is super-easy: all you have to do is use the library. The following is a list of things you can do at the library, and all of it helps both you and the library, so win-win!

Not all libraries offer all of these services, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian or to check the library’s Web site!

*Walk through the front door.
(Seriously - every person who enters the building adds to a statistic that tells the people in charge that the library is being utilized and should be given resources accordingly.)

*Use their free Wi-Fi or sign up to use a public computer.

*Check out movies, TV shows, and documentaries (and anime!).
(The library has a lot more than just books! You can check out all sorts of things.)

-You can order items from other branches if the branch you visit doesn’t have what you’re looking for. The items will be sent to whichever branch you specify and reserved for a little while under your name so that you can pick them up and check them out at your convenience.

-There’s also a service that does the same thing, except you can order items from other cities if your local library doesn’t have what you’re looking for.

*Check out music CDs - rock, country, R&B, classical, movie soundtracks, folk, you name it!

*Check out laptops or tablets.

*Use their job center, which can offer free help with résumés and such.

*Attend free classes at their adult education center.

*Use their copier, scanner, or fax machine (there’s usually a charge for this, but most of the other library services are free).

*Check out e-books or vinyl LPs.

*Check out audiobooks.
These are great for people who don’t have time to sit down and read a book. You can listen to audiobooks while driving, exercising, or doing housework.

*Check out books, DVDs, and music in other languages, such as Spanish.

*Read the newspapers and magazines. (You can check out older magazines just like you would books.)

*Attend library-sponsored or -hosted programs and events, such as story time for children, activities for teens, art shows and concerts, book clubs, etc.

*Rent the event room for your own events, meetings, etc.

*Buy used books, movies, etc. for super-cheap prices at the library’s book sales.
(Some of these items were donated for this purpose. Other items were withdrawn from the library’s collection because they weren’t getting checked out, and this is their last chance to be useful to someone - if they don’t sell, they eventually get thrown away.)

*Donate books, movies, etc. to be sold in library book sales.

*And, of course, check out books. Books get withdrawn when they haven’t been checked out in a while. Some of these books go to the book sales, but others…sometimes a lot of others…go straight into the garbage.

Check out books that you have any interest in whatsoever, even if you don’t get a chance to finish reading them.

Check out books you love that you want to remain on the shelves for new readers to find.

In addition to fiction (including comic books and manga!), there is fantastic non-fiction on subjects such as:

-Car repair manuals
-Pregnancy and child-rearing
-Movies (as in, books about movies or TV shows)
-Job hunting or career-improving
-Crafts (including crochet, knitting, etc.)
-Political and economic commentary
-Memoirs (in addition to biographies of famous historical figures, there are many fascinating books written by contemporary people with vastly different life experiences)
-Fashion, makeup, hairstyling, etc.
-Academic subjects like math and foreign languages
-Physical and mental illnesses
-Dating and marriage
-Allllllll sorts of books about animals
-Religious studies
-Gender issues
-Race issues
-Home decor
-Various science topics like astronomy, geology, etc.
-All kinds of art

*And more! Check your library’s Web site or ask a librarian about any other services and programs they might offer, such as free help preparing tax returns or free meals for children during summer vacation.

Additional ways you can support the library:

(It’ll look good on your résumé or college application, too.)

*Donate money.
(Make sure it goes straight to the library rather than just the city in general.)

Public libraries are super-important and super-helpful community resources! There is so much cool stuff to do there, everything from entertainment to self-education to enrichment.

The public library is here for you, so make use of it! Prove to the people in charge that the library is valued and deserves more resources to provide even more cool stuff to patrons.