We're heading towards New Orleans for Spring Break this year -- never been there, can't wait! I'm starting to put together our things, and I wondered if other people know this tip:
We all like books on tape for the car, and now that we can upload them to ipods, they're especially handy! However, whether you buy the DVDs or download them from the 'net, they're not cheap.
The public library has a great selection of titles, and they'll cost you nothing. But if you're looking for one particular title that isn't available in your own library, don't forget about inter-library loan. You can fill out the forms at the circulation desk, and it might take a couple weeks (perhaps even longer if you're requesting a brand-new best seller or a rare title), but they'll find and borrow the book from another library. Assuming you ask early enough, in theory you can get any title from any library in America.
I think that in today's consumer culture, people have sort of forgotten about nice little things like inter-library loan.
Hope it's helpful!