Have you given any thought to being more self- sufficient?  With an unstable economy and high unemployment, I think alot of people are giving this some thought. Here are some book suggestions to get you started:

Mini Farming: self sufficiency on 1/4 acre - Brett Markham

What’s It Worth to You?

Over the past two or three years, all of us have become much more aware of the value of what we buy with our money. A few short years ago, people routinely stopped into a coffeehouse to get a morning cup while driving to work. Over the past few years, how many people have weighed the cost of a venti coffee at a fancy coffeehouse versus a large coffee at a local convenience store versus brewing your own coffee? In today’s world, a dollar means a lot. Ten dollars means even more.

Bicycling - A Life Long Journey

Over the last couple of months, I’ve started replacing my car trips with bicycle trips. Grocery store, work, and even dates often now take place on my bike. Bicycle to the grocery store? Bicycle to work? You must think I’m crazy. I know sometimes my co-workers think I am. But when you stop to think about it for a minute, the benefits become clear: First, it’s cheap! With gasoline in the $2.50 range, even short trips in a car start to stretch the budget. Second, it’s fun and relaxing! I love the challenge of making it up a hill and the exhilaration of speeding down the other side.

Christmas Break Entertainment

With the winter holidays fast approaching, it's time to think about ways to keep the kids entertained during the break. There are so many options at a great price (free) at your local library. Perhaps, you could check out a new release feature film or a Christmas classic, and snuggle up on the couch. Maybe, try a new recipe from one of our many cookbooks. A good book in front of the fire sounds cozy too. For those long car rides to visit family and friends, why not listen to an audiobook together. The possibilities are endless.

Best Bargains at the Library

This time of year, everyone is looking for the best bargains. Having a library card at Mid-Continent Public Library is a fantastic bargain! Videos, CD's, books, magazines, and online resources are all at your fingertips. Using your library card is a great way to save all year long. Take a break from shopping, and stop by your local library. It is always a treat.

Feed Your WHOLE Family for $10!

When have you ever been able to take your family out to eat for only $10.00? I would probably have to say never! Well, if you live north of Platte City, here is your chance to fill up the bottomless pits in your family.

A "Mexican Fiesta and Live Auction" will take place on Saturday, March 5th at the North Platte Junior High. The Mexican Fiesta is all you can eat for only $10.00 per family. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m., with a Live Auction to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Cheap Date Not Cheap-Skate

Is the economy sinking your love life? With prices getting higher and money getting scarce, it's becoming hard to go out and have fun without taking out a loan. With that in mind, I surveyed a range of people to get the best ideas for creative dating. If these ideas don't help, there are lots of books at the library on dating and on financial planning.

Using the Library Makes Cents! Ten Top Ways to Pinch Pennies Painlessly Using the Library

Believe it or not—I saved myself $821.00 this month! Did I scrimp, save, and agonize over every dime I spent? No! I took advantage of all the free goodies the Parkville Branch has to offer! Lucky for me, I have a library card. There is no way I could pay for all of the books I borrowed, movies I watched, CDs I listened to, newspapers I read, programs I attended, and genealogy software I used. 

Listed below are the top ten ways I saved money by using the library.

Good Deals & Smart Steals

With prices rising every day, I am always looking for ways to save money. I found the book, Good Deals & Smart Steals by Susan Randol, to be very helpful. This book has some great tips for online shopping, using coupons, and getting good deals on big ticket items. There are also suggestions on how to spend less while eating at restaurants and on home entertainment deals.

Opportunities Are Endless (and Free) at MGC

At least once a week, a new Library customer comes into the Genealogy Center and asks about how to begin their family genealogy research. They may have been inspired by the latest TV episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, or maybe, their child has a school assignment asking them to begin researching where they came from. Regardless of their mission, after getting an introductory tutorial of how to get started, the next question always amazes me. "How much do you charge?"