I think it’s safe to say that we all have a public library card in our wallet. And if you don’t, what are you waiting for?! Stop reading this and go get one. I’ll wait…
OK, you’re back. Awesome. Oh, you never left? Let’s get down to it.
I love our town’s public library for many reasons. But, they may not be the obvious ones you are thinking.
Sure, it’s a wonderful resource. A great place to take your children to listen to stories, play or just browse the aisles for new reading material. But, it is so much more.
Here are some creative ways to use your library card if you live in Rhode Island:
- Reserve your books online and they’ll be ready for pick up. (I do this for myself when I’m short on time and just want to run in.)
- Reserve museum passes online or in person. (Visit a museum for free or a reduced price with a Library Museum Pass.)
- Enroll in a free online learning class. (I’m taking the Aromatherapy class right now! There are over 500 continuing education courses available.)
- Download free e-books, audio books or magazines.
- Rent a DVD for your family.
- Make an appointment at the tech help desk for any computer/online questions.
- Join an ongoing book discussion group.
- Use a library computer and internet for research or fun. (OK, we all probably have our own, but what if the power goes out?! At least you have an option now. ?)
One of the coolest things about the library is that sometimes you don’t even need to use your library card to enjoy all their offerings. Story times and free movie nights don’t require your card, so you can just drop in and enjoy it!
*Note: A lot of these services are available throughout the U.S., too, not just in Rhode Island. I’m just not familiar with their system. Be sure to check your state’s library website for more!
How often to your go to your town’s library?