When you think about having fun in the summer do you think about the library? There are many things you can do at your local library and you can stay cool. Libraries are everywhere for you. There are about 123,000 libraries in the U.S. to choose from.
Very quickly we can see the benefits of visiting the libraries and they are open during the day. Patrons can save money on books and magazines. Libraries also offer videos that patrons can check out anytime. At many libraries they have art exhibitions that you can enjoy.
In order to get started and receive the full benefits, you should get a library card. You can get one quite easily at your local branch at no cost to you.
If you haven't been to the library in a while, there are some things you might not realize:
1) Digital books.
Libraries are changing with the technology boom; many now offer e-books that you can check out for free. Checking out an electronic book is very similar to a regular book. You're going to need an electronic device called e-reader, but at some library branches they even lend you the e-reader. In some libraries you can download audio books, music and videos. You can find all these by visiting their website at any time from your home.
2) Information in many languages.
Most libraries have materials available in multiple languages. Visit their bookshelves, magazines and music rack for adults and children. A few libraries might offer classes in other languages and might even have tutors for your children. They also have cds to improve your English speaking and writing skills.
3) Program and events for the whole family.
If you want to take a break from reading, you might find events for your entire family. Some of these events might include concerts, photography and film exhibitions etc. Check your local library schedule; they have programs for people of all ages. This might include computer classes, storytelling for children, fun and educational games and other reading activities.
4) Specialized resources.
Some people do have internet access at home because of the cost. Many libraries have computers and WiFi that people can use. If you need help, just ask. The library staff have a lot of experience finding materials for people. They can help you find almost anything.They can tell you about books you might enjoy.
Libraries offer many more services, including bookmobiles, computer classes and job search databases. To find a public library near you use the government's public library locator.
Jose Lamas: University of Minnesota Extension