We all know and love libraries as the best spot in town to check out a new book, but what if you could do more than just read with your library card?

Turns out you can!  While I know one of my favorite things to do is go check out a book, it would be nice to use that little piece of plastic in my wallet for other things.

The Poudre Valley Library District has a program called 'Flash Your Card', which allows library card holders to grab discounts at local Fort Collins eateries and stores-- discounts you may never have expected when you originally signed up!

According to the library's website, "Your library card is your ticket to opportunity. What other card in your wallet gives you free access to books, music, movies and all sorts of other resources that can change your life - or just make it more fun?"

Here is the list of businesses that the Poudre Valley Library District has partnered with where you can 'flash your card' and get great discounts: 

Wild Iris Living
10% off a one hour landscape consultation ($10 savings) Limit one discount, per person, per visit, per library card.
June 12, 2014 to December 31, 2016

Jason's Deli
10% off (only at Harmony Rd. location)
June 12, 2014 to December 31, 2016

Mary's Mountain Cookies
20% off (Old Town location only)
August 27, 2015 to December 31, 2016

Savory Spice Shop
10% off your purchase. (limit 1 discount per person, per visit, per library card)
November 2, 2011 to December 31, 2016

Walrus Ice Cream
10% off a frosty treat!
August 27, 2015 to December 31, 2016

Braces U Orthodontics
$200 off full braces treatment
August 27, 2015 to December 31, 2016

Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center
$10 off a sports physical, plus 50% donated back to your sport/school or $5 off monthly chiropractic wellness plans (starting at $35/month)
August 27, 2015 to December 30, 2016

Bones du Jour
10% off purchases of $5 or more at the bakery
June 12, 2014 to December 31, 2016

Ten Thousand Villages
$5 off any purchase of $25 or more (in store only). Cannot be combined with other offers.
August 12, 2014 to December 31, 2016

After this news, we promise we'll never think of libraries in a bad light ever again...unlike Leslie Knope.