by Sally Tornow, Library Director
This article might better be entitled ‘Timesavers,’ but time is money, right? We’ll start with the direct money savers, though, just to be consistent.
Some of you already know about Zinio, but, in case you missed it, we offer free online magazines that you can read on your device or on your computer. We subscribe to over 50 different titles, which include “The Week”, “Women’s World”, “Golf”, “Rolling Stone”, “Us”, and many others! There are back issues and some children’s titles available as well. You can see the full list here, but the app you will want for your device is called RBdigital. If you are new to Zinio, but have used RBdigital for ebooks and audiobooks, make sure you read the following article on the new app by Peggy Ganong.
Now, for the time-is-money part: Have a teenager approaching driving age or maybe you know an adult who needs to get their license? While we can’t save you the price of the Driver’s Ed course required by the State of CT for your 16 year old, we CAN help out with preparation and save YOU from having to quiz the student! We have online practice tests for the permit test, the license test, motorcycles, CDL, as well as all the handbooks. Calm test jitters by practicing in the comfort of home or at the library. Just go to CT-Drivers Ed. En espanol, así como.
Know someone just starting out who needs some basic financial education, like how to buy insurance, how to balance a checkbook, how to start a 401K? We have a new series of books, (also available to read online) called Financial Literacy Basics (just scroll down). This series outlines step-by-step, how to make the most of your money, which pitfalls to avoid, and gives you the necessary tools to make sure you are fully equipped to manage your finances. The website also includes a Medicare Prescription Primer, a tool for planning long term care insurance, and a tool for estimating how much auto or homeowner’s insurance is needed, for those in a different life situation. Take a look and see if the print or online version for you.
Did you know we have a copier ($.15 B&W, $.25 color), a fax machine ($1.00/page), a scanner to email documents (free!), a disc cleaner to make those DVDs or games like new ($.50/disc), and a notary available every weekend starting in September ($5.00/one page, $3.00 for each additional)? If you are already in town, and need those services, why not save yourself from making another trip?