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Can't afford subscriptions? Detroit Lakes Library has them

Everybody loves "found money," whether it's a $5 bill on the floor, or that tax return you've patiently waited for.

We all go through umpteen scenarios for dealing with "found money"... in other words we spend it numerous times. The recession may have taken some of the fun out of "found money," but you don't have to give up as much as you think as your budget tightens.

Unfortunately, entertainment always takes a hard hit when looking for areas of the budget to squeeze. Just when you need entertainment most to keep your outlook positive, you have to give it up...or do you?

No more movie rentals? That's right...why pay for something you can get for free? The library can fill your movie entertainment needs. The bulk of our movie collection, 7,902 movie titles, is in DVD format with titles being added regularly. So, whether you rent movies only occasionally or on a regular basis, you don't have to give this up. Bring in your list of titles, and we'll do our best to get the movies into your hands.

No more book or music purchases? That's right...there's no need. The library can get you the latest John Grisham (and many other popular authors) so you don't need to pick up a copy. Our collection includes titles that will appeal to everyone in the family, so you don't have to keep reading the kids the same book over and over at bedtime either.

If you're into music, the library has approximately 2,500 music CDs in a variety of music genres available for check out.

When the budget tightens and there is no room for extras, newspaper and magazine subscriptions usually fall by the wayside. That doesn't mean you have to give them up. Lake Agassiz Regional Library System has 300 different periodicals including such favorites as "Time," "Seventeen," "Vanity Fair" and "Better Homes and Garden."

The Detroit Lakes Library receives 11 newspapers available for our customers to read in the library. We have local papers including "The Forum," "Detroit Lakes Tribune" and "Becker County Record." We also have not-so-local papers including "USA Today" and "The Wall Street Journal."

If you're thinking about joining the information super highway but can't justify the monthly cost, the library offers free Internet access. We have 14 public use computers with printing capabilities in both black and white and color at a nominal fee.

Come in to the Library and scoop up the "found money!"

Library Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday.