5 Ways Libraries Improve Retirement

There’s good news and bad news after you retire. The good news is that you have more time than ever to do what you want to do. And you guessed it – that’s the bad news too. Having all that time can be liberating but it can also lead to boredom.

Regardless of which path you take, your library can help improve your retirement.

Here’s how.

  1. Learn something. Libraries offer a wide range of online and in-person classes. You can learn a language, how to write, take better photos, pick up a craft or get more use out of technology.
  2. Do something. You can enroll in a reading program (or you can enroll your grandkids), join a book club, attend an authors’ talk or take a field trip to check out a local attraction.
  3. Help someone. Most libraries offer ways to volunteer such as helping someone to improve reading or speaking skills. Or perhaps you can mentor a young person who is conducting a job search or interested in starting a business.
  4. Find entertainment. You can check out books, DVDs (movies and TV series). Many libraries allow you to go online and check out eBooks.
  5. Get out of the house. You can use your library as a satellite office. Libraries provide access to computers, Wi-Fi and meeting spaces. Some even include cafes.

Your library is a terrific asset that can help you get the most out of all the freedom (time) that retirement offers. Plus it’s free (not counting tax dollars). It’s also a great way to meet like-minded people. So why not check out your local library? There’s much to gain and nothing to lose!

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