60 Ways to Use Your Library Card

1. Download an e-book.  Over 3/4 of libraries offer access to e-books. E-book readers are available for check-out at nearly 40 percent of libraries.

2. Not sure how to download an e-book on your new device? A librarian can show you how. Take a workshop on how to use your e-reader or other gadgets.

4. Use Free Wi-Fi. Almost 91 percent of public library outlets offer wireless Internet access.

7. Find love at the library: meet like-minded mates at a library speed dating event (or check out a romance novel.)

8. Learn check mate: attend a library game night.

13. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.

16. Build your young reader’s self esteem by letting her read to a dog at the library.

18. Launch your future: Get free assistance with job searches, resume writing and interviewing tips.

26. Book a meeting room for your club or community organization.

28. Spend an hour with a “living book”; see if your library has a list of local experts who can share their knowledge on different subjects – like knitting, taxes, or training for a triathalon – or simply share a bit about themselves.

37. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.

47. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.

49. Enjoy a concert.

50.…then borrow some sheet music.

58. Go back in time: use databases or microfiche to access early newspapers or rent a “classic” movie, like “Back to the Future.”

60. Learn new knitting techniques and get new patterns.

(See the rest of the list at @ Your Library.)

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