Free movies! Line forms at the library

Gas and food prices might be siphoning cash from Minnesotans' wallets, but thousands are saving on one of life's small pleasures by checking out free DVDs from the local library for their movie night.

The service is wildly popular: The suburban branches of the Hennepin County Library have 58,244 DVDs comprising 11,180 titles -- with 70 percent of discs for grownups being checked out at any given time. By comparison, the average Blockbuster store in the Twin Cities has 5,000 titles.

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