Having a membership to your local public library costs nothing. You can use your library card online and in person at the facility. Your free membership gives you access to more than just books. Here’s a list of neat things you can get by signing up for a library membership.
- State-wide Virtual Library: You can tap into your state’s entire electronic library resources. Online chat with a librarian, job search, read academic journal articles, and download movies. You may be surprised at all they have to offer. Also, get up-to-date information on new books by your favorite author or titles you may have missed.
- Easily Browse Books: Libraries will break down books by age group. Search through categories for kids, teens, and adults. Whether you’re browsing online or in person, you can find something interesting to read. Stay in the know with popular, new releases. Get recommended books from librarians and staff picks to expand your literary lens.
- Digital Bookshelves: You can download audiobooks and ebooks from a public library’s website. You also have access to digital magazines and online newspaper publications. You have access at your fingertips to keep you informed about what’s going on in the world.
- Skill Building: All ages can take practice tests and acquire new skills through your local library. People studying for a GED or Citizenship Test can access free platforms. One resource may include Learning Express Library. Your library may have programs for you to learn a new language. Mango Languages offers structured lessons and audio examples. No matter what stage of life you’re in, you can continue to learn and hone your skills.
- Wi-Fi Access: If you have poor internet service at home, local libraries often offer free Wi-Fi. The layout has places to set up a computer with power outlets to get work done. A public library usually has reasonable hours and can accommodate you if you need Wi-Fi.
- Genealogy: You can research your ancestry and do historical research with online resources. One example is Heritage Quest Online that gives you access to over 25,000 books. You can also access local, regional, and national historical information through databases. A librarian can assist you with looking up records from the past. Librarians can also help search through obituaries if you’re doing genealogical research.
- Information Services: Your local library will have a breakdown of websites about different subjects. Find information on topics like ESL Resources, Bibliography Formatting, Computer Training, and Resume Help. You can even find guides on how to perform engine repair.
- Borrow Games: Not only do libraries have books, but you can also take out family games. Instead of buying games that might bore kids, borrow them and save money. You can switch things up to keep family game nights fresh and exciting at no cost.
- Events: Check out your local library’s events for the community. When school’s out, have your kids participate in summer reading programs. Some other events libraries may host include storytime sessions and book sales. You can get kids involved in reading and gather a stronger sense of community. Ann Purcell wrote about one event in Sensational Author’s Night Benefits Libraries.
- Book Communities: Join a book club and get recommendations and read reviews through BookBrowse. Engage in discussions, browse different genres, and also find Young Adult titles.
Find your local, public, or state library and see what they have to offer. You’ll find something for all ages, and most have many free resources. Your kids can read not only to develop a love of reading but also to learn. For adults, get help with building a resume or finding employment. Learn about the value of school libraries.