Plan an Affordable Summer Escape, Courtesy of Your Local Library

Behind their quiet facades, libraries are alluring, magical places. Not just because of the millions of books that serve as escapes to alternative worlds, but also for the many ways libraries serve the public.

Across the country, more than 116,000 libraries offer community hubs, where people of all ages and backgrounds can have their questions answered and expand their minds, at no cost. They may provide programming, classes, and events; social gathering spaces; access to non-book items to borrow, such as musical instruments, telescopes, and even fishing poles; and so much more.

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