If you're looking to save a little dough when sending the kids back to school this year, you might want to look inside your local library.
September is the 25th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month, a national campaign that seeks to put a library card in the hands of every student. Thousands of public libraries and school libraries will take part in the effort this year by hosting special programs on the free educational resources that libraries offer to students, according to the American Library Association.
At your local library "just 10 hours of computer use, reference assistance and database searches can save families more than $380," the library association says in a press release. "Getting information is easy, but getting the right information takes practice. Why pay for computer training when a library provides free technology workshops for the whole family? More than 90 percent of libraries offer formal or informal technology assistance to library users and 35 percent offer one-on-one technology training by appointment – all for free."