Helping Mesa Residents Save Money One Library Card at a Time

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~ Residents of the valley are still experiencing higher-than-average inflation rates, according to the Consumer Price Index. To help residents save money, Mesa Public Library is offering a variety of free services.

A 2022 C+R poll found that the average consumer spends $219 on monthly subscription services, and most participants underestimated what they spent each month. The survey also revealed that nearly three-quarters of participants had subscriptions they forgot about.

Mesa Library Director Polly Bonnett said, "We are proud to offer so many free resources to fit the needs and interests of our patrons and encourage cardholders to take advantage of them. The average consumer spends hundreds of dollars on subscription services each month. That's money our members can save by getting a free library card."

In 2021, Mesa Library saved its customers an estimated $10,729,846 compared to top-market e-book and audiobook services. From listening to audiobooks and music to reading e-books, magazines and newspapers to watching videos, it is all available for free through the Library.

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In addition to accessing free library materials, cardholders can save money by borrowing items like cake pans and children's toy kits from Stuffbrary; starting a home garden with free seeds from Seed Library; checking out a TrickleStar Plug-in Energy Monitor to analyze household appliance and electronic use; learning new skills with LinkedIn Learning; or getting a Culture Pass for access to participating museums.

To celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month in September, Mesa Library will be offering special deals at more than 50 participating businesses in Mesa. Discounts on food, retail items, services and more will be available with a Mesa Library card. A list of participating businesses can be found at mesalibrary.org/save.

Mesa Library cards are free for anyone who lives, works, attends school or owns property in Maricopa County. Lost cards can be replaced for free during National Library Card Sign-Up Month - usually a two dollar charge - as long as there are no fees on the account. In 2020, Mesa followed a local and national trend of libraries eliminating overdue fines.

For more information about Mesa Library's digital resources, physical locations and programs visit mesalibrary.org/.

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