Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday Fun- The Library

I know I've mentioned the library quite a few times, but the library really is a wonderful place to go. They aren't just for books either. Here's a list of things your local library may have.

  • DVD's (even the new releases)
  • CD's
  • Books! On probably just about anything imaginable. I love checking out DIY books. That way I can see if it is cheaper to do it myself or pay someone to do it. I also check out bestsellers.
  • Magazines. Libraries have subscriptions to many magazines that you can read for free!
  • Downloadable materials
  • Internet Services. Many libraries have subscriptions for sites that cost money. Your library may be able to provide you with a list of these services.
  • Family Events such as story time.
  • Events for children like "kids read down fines" or special classes
  • Classes. Libraries often host public classes like hurricane prep, tax planning, etc. as well as other classes like crafts.
  • Book Clubs.
  • Author events like book signings and readings.
  • Exhibits. My library currently has an exhibit about Lincoln.
  • Many more! Librarians are very helpful. If a book you want isn't there, ask. They can sometimes put a hold on it so that when it comes in you can get it, or they may be able to order it from another library (this is generally called interlibrary loan). They can also put a request for certain programs or subscription services when funds become available. Just ask!
What does your library offer? Do you use the library? Share your stories below!


  1. I search our library's database online for the books I want. A lot of the time, the book is at a different branch. I can put a request in for it and they'll bring it to my branch, usually the next day. Online library-ing has changed my life! :)

  2. I love that libraries are that flexible now! It makes it a whole lot easier to get high demand books as well because when there are 40 holds on a Best Seller, and they have 15 among all of the libraries in the county, then even if you are number 40 you will likely have it within a month.

    I love when public libraries also subscribe to interlibrary loan because then they can get books from all over the world who are a part of the interlibrary loan system.