FV Frugal Fun: Library Adventures!

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Let’s face it – getting ready for back to school can be an expensive time of year. Between the “must have” new clothes and those expensive graphing calculators, the left over budget for entertainment can be fairly small. That’s why this month, we bring you a Fraser Valley Frugal Adventure that’s fun and completely free of charge: your local library!

Not just for booklovers anymore, our Fraser Valley libraries have changed greatly in the past few years. Between the 18 libraries from Hope to White Rock, you can be sure there is always something entertaining taking place at any one of the locations. From Jazz Sessions and Poetry Nights at the Clearbook Library in Abbotsford, to Conversationlist Spanish Lessons in Maple Ridge, libraries have become a great place to gather, meet new friends, and be entertained.

Story Time at the Library
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It’s always nice to take classes and learn new things, and especially nice when doing so isn’t accompanied by a high price tag. Although almost all reoccuring programs and events at the library require registration, the majority of them are actually free (and some of them even come with a snack)!

A few highlighted events:

Enchanted Evening Storytimes
Clearbrook Library
Runs every Monday from September 13th – November 29th
7:00pm – 7:30pm

Evening Book Club
Murrayville Library
Last Wednesday of every month
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Family Games Nights
Pitt Meadows Library
Sept. 29th, Oct. 27th, Nov. 24th

Close Knit – Knitting Club
Langley Library
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Check out the Fraser Valley Regional Library Events & Programs page for more details and other great programs for children, adults and the whole family to enjoy!

Missed all the events at your library for the day? Stop in anyways to browse the business section to learn a new skill, check out the craft section for home decor inspiration, or borrow a few gourmet recipe books for an adventure in the kitchen. Between the books regularly stocked in the library and the literally thousands of books available by request – the possibilities are endless.

Not sure where to start? With Hallowe’en and Christmas coming up around the corner, books like Matthew Mead’s Monster Book of Hallowe’en and Better Homes & Gardens Best of Christmas Ideas are filled with great frugal and fun ways to decorate for the holidays. With a little imagination, you’re bound to wind up with more than a few great ideas to keep busy on a Saturday afternoon!

Visit the Fraser Valley Regional Library website to locate the library nearest you!

Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan

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