We didn't come into an inheritance, yet we managed to build our home without taking out a mortgage, beginning our marriage with nothing and raising two children on one very modest income.
The only thing we borrowed was information. We had saved enough for land, blocks, lumber, logs and shingles in 14 years. We found a treasure trove of do-it-yourself books in our local library.
Twenty years ago my husband had no building experience. Armed with just those library books and the help of our then 10- and 11-year-old kids and myself, he built a beautiful house that is complimented on a regular basis.
Our children have become very creative and thoughtful adults (one a published author). Weekly trips to the library fueled much of that. We do not watch television programming yet we feel better informed than most people. Most of our down time is spent reading. Every week we check out various news magazines, appreciating that they are free and they are gone in a week! The books are our escape or revelation. Television is our movie screen. Our Berlin Heights Library personnel have been kind enough to track down countless movies. It is priceless for me as an immigrant to see Australian movies as they are often shot in the cities in which I grew up. Other foreign movies give us windows into other cultures. All free!
I can't imagine how different our lives would have been without our beloved library.