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Whether you have been a proud library card holder since you were a kid, or have never even been to your local library, you probably know it as the place you go to check out books.
But did you know that having a library card gives you so much more than that? How about museum passes, career advice, and yoga classes?
Yup, all that and more are at your fingertips with your library card. Here are some of the coolest things you can do as a library card holder:
1. Download e-books.
Thanks to the Overdrive app, you can use your library card to borrow e-books, audiobooks, and more directly to your personal devices from your local public library.
2. Get free movie and music rentals.
Sure, streaming services are fun, but do you ever miss walking through an actual video rental store and just sort of browsing for something interesting to watch? Well, the public library has a whole entertainment section filled with DVDs, Blu-Ray movies, and CDs — and unlike the old video stores, it’s 100% FREE with your library card!
3. Watch a movie…AT the library!
Many libraries have movie screenings of popular new releases, favorite classics, and even kid-friendly movies for the whole family! Check with your local branch for show times.
4. Stream movies at home…or anywhere!
Who needs a monthly bill for streaming services? With the Kanopy app, you can stream any of the 26,000 film titles available FOR FREE with your library card.
5. Entertain your kids.
Many library branches have activities for kids, and it goes way beyond story time (which is also a great activity!). Craft workshops, music classes, puppet shows, drag queen story hours, and so many other great opportunities to get the kids out of the house and doing something fun.
Yup. Even kiddie yoga!
6. Feed your kids.
During the school year, many families count on the meals that public schools provide to their children. Thanks to programs like Lunch at the Library, many local branches across the country offer free lunch and enrichment activities (like the ones listed above!) for any and every child — with no questions or qualifying requirements.
7. Access online databases.
Those computers at the library are not just for checking your email and looking up a book without having to ask a librarian. The library computers offer access to a myriad of otherwise expensive subscriber-based research databases, current and past newspaper articles, job listings, academic journals and research, and Consumer Reports.
8. Reserve a room for your book club or study group.
Need a meeting place for your book club? A quiet place for a study group or tutoring session? A neutral place to have a business meeting? The library’s got you covered. Just ask your librarian how to reserve space to accommodate your needs.