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By Kaitlin Pitsker, Associate Editor
| From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2017
In an era when printed books aren’t always enough to lure readers, many public libraries are, well, branching out. Most will allow you to check out e-books online. But if you stop by in person, you may go home with more than a summer beach read.
From musical instruments to sports gear to screwdrivers and gardening tools, many libraries offer rental gear for hobbies and household projects. Some even venture into the wild to offer kayaks, canoes and camping equipment. Having a party? You may be able to borrow a cotton-candy maker or karaoke machine to make it special.
Whether you’re looking to brush up on basic computer skills, learn to code, try yoga or improve your diet, you’ll likely find classes or workshops at a nearby library. Recently, more than 1,000 libraries throughout the country offered personal finance programs as part of Money Smart Week. And libraries are even offering free or low-cost workspace to business start-ups.
Hundreds of libraries across the country will let you give 3-D printing a try. You may be required to take a class before using the machine and pay a few dollars for materials.