When I was a kid I remember origami classes, arts and crafts and reading contests at our local library... but later in life as I earned more money I opted more for the book store. However, a few years ago after having my first daughter I realized the Library was full of resources and now that we have killed cable (a post to come) the library is really our greenest, cheapest friend!
I'm not sure about every County but here in Multnomah County our library has a fantastic online catalog that allows me to look up whatever subject my crazy kids or the family is into these days and have the book put on hold for me at my local library. So when it came time for us to decide to turn off the tv more, I checked out some books on too much TV time - in kid friendly messages. When I want to learn to cook something I check out a cookbook, when I want learn how to be greener at work I check out a book.... Oh, and when we want to see a movie, go to a local museum (yes, they have those passes too), or even have family freeze dance night with new music I can check all that out at the library. FREE. Now that is what I call more for less.