summer on a shoestring

Summer is full of great experiences, some of which can really drain your bank account (summer vacation anyone?). But there’s a lot of fun to be had all summer long, especially if you stretch your dollars with free and low-cost events and activities. As always, your local library is a great place to start looking for such opportunities!

Besides the library’s fantastic, free, and prize-filled Summer Reading Program (see the calendar for upcoming events), you can also…

  • Get free entry to museums and other local attractions through the Museum Adventure Pass program
  • Check out free day-passes to state parks through the Park & Read program

For tips on frugal travel, check out our travel collection. Resources like Washington, DC Free & Dirt Cheap or Budget Travel magazine are full of great recommendations. Log on to a computer to browse on-line for ideas; the Yahoo! Budget Travel Directory is a good starting point.

If you’re planning on keeping trips close to home, check out “weekend” guides like Where to Weekend Around Chicago. We have lots of great books about traveling right here in Michigan, including…

…and more. Just search the catalog for Michigan and travel to get the list. On-line, check out sites like Pure MichiganSavvy ChicMetro Parent and Ann Arbor Mom for nearby deals and fresh destinations.

Sometimes all you really need is a little staycation — which is like a vacation, only without the troublesome travel part. Stay home, but take a break from your daily routine. Watch classic movies or new summer blockbusters, read (of course), spend lots of time outdoors, and explore your own community. Check out Five Miles From Home and Other Exotic Travel Destinations or Summer: A User’s Guide for inspiration.

Whether you’re sticking close to home or spending lots of time in the car or at the airport, the library can help make your summer budget go further.


About Heather Sturm

Director at Manchester District Library
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