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You might find yourself thinking that summer isn’t the time to be hanging around at your local Library. Libraries are constantly changing, and if you haven’t been to one in a few years you may want to consider a visit.
It seems like books will stick around forever. Some people like the smell and feel of an old book, some people just like the “idea” of it but things are advancing on the technology front.
Did you know that most Libraries now have an online collection? There are sites like “Overdrive” which allow you to search by zip code to see if your Library allows you to check out e-materials.
What can you check out? Audio books, CDs, e-books and more. Whether you are using a desktop computer, a laptop or a wide variety of hand held e-readers and smart phones you will find a lot of material to download.
Electronic sites work similar to the physical Library. You must be a member of an affiliated Library, you sometimes have to put a hold and/or reservation on an e-book, and you must check them out. (One note: Kindle is only available to U.S. libraries.)
If you don’t have a computer or a smart phone you might want to head down to the Library to try one out. Most Libraries host computer classes and some even have sample e-reader devices that are available for patrons to test. Some libraries provide free wireless internet (restrictions may vary from Library to Library depending on local laws), and others have internet work stations and allow patrons to book time on a computer.
Can’t afford the newest game for the PlayStation or Xbox? Make a call to your local Library and see if they’re one of the branches that is lending out games. The selection of games may be limited because most Libraries have tight budgets but there may be some you haven’t played.
Libraries have changed. You can check out magazines, view online subscriptions to magazines and auto repair manuals, print and copy documents, access local & world maps, borrow music, DVDs and feature films. You can read comic books, graphic novels, borrow language courses and still pick up a good book whenever you want one.