Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Take a new look at the library

When is the last time you visited your local library? You might find there is a lot going on that you didn’t know about.

Many libraries now loan out DVDs, which you probably already knew about. Did you also know that you can borrow eBooks for your Kindle or other e-reader from your library?

The library also offers many free or low-cost classes, such as beginner’s yoga. Our library does this every Tuesday evening. The only requirement is that you wear comfortable clothing that you can move easily in, bring a yoga mat for floor exercises, and yoga socks for foot comfort.

Our library also offers community events, such as the annual seed swap. This is a time when folks can bring in heirloom or open-pollinated seeds, root stock, and cuttings to share with others who love to garden. In fact, the even is occurring this weekend in our area but I’ll be out of town, so I’ll miss it this year.

Your library may also offer summer children’s programs that include reading time, games, and fun activities.

Most libraries also offer free internet services and computers to use to access the internet and do research, or even just have fun on social networking pages or blogging sites. They will generally limit access to pay sites or adult themed sites.

Our library also offers a room full of books for sale at very reduced prices. They may be novels or they may be resource books, but I’ve even seen children’s books on the “for sale” tables and shelves. Once a year they have a really big sale where not only older books from the library are offered, but also books that are donated specifically to this fund raiser.

Go visit your library and see what they have to offer in your area!

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