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Frequently Asked Questions About Public Libraries
Take advantage of your local public library for not only books, but magazines, DVDs, children’s programs, seminars and events. You can access the Internet and do research on your school paper, too. Ask questions of librarians, who can direct you to the proper place to find the information you need. Here are some frequently asked questions about public libraries:
What Do You Offer For My Children? Most public libraries, especially the larger ones, have excellent children’s programs geared to various age groups. You’ll find baby sing alongs, toddler reading circles, arts and crafts, and after school programs. You can take part in special events that may occur from time to time, thanks to grants, such as magic shows, animal show and tells, puppet shows and science demonstrations. Many libraries have summer reading programs when school lets out, designed to keep kids reading through the long hot months between grades.
Do You Have a Website? Many public libraries are getting more and more advanced with their websites, offering online registrations for programs and events, as well as interactive calendars, virtual catalog searches, listings of school summer reading lists and sign-ups for weekly email alerts. You’ll find book club kits, digital downloads, homework help sections, e-resources and online museum pass reservations. Many websites have links to social media sites, online computer books listings, hours and directions, and other pertinent information in the community.
How Do I Renew Books? You can renew your overdue books the old fashioned way, by visiting or calling, or you can renew them online. Just provide your library card number, click on the books you want to renew, and they’re yours for another three weeks. Sign up for email alerts when your books are coming due so you can return them on time.
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Public libraries are a wealth of knowledge. You can take out books and movies, attend programs, do your homework, play, and use the computer. The librarian is there to help you with any questions you may have regarding the library collection, computer usage, schedules and programs. Public libraries can be your number one source for information. There, you can rent a DVD, print a map, listen to a CD, research individual tapes from public newspapers, sit in private to read a book, or take out unrestricted books on a variety of topics such as science, mathematics, statistics, fiction, history, biology and even organization skills. Whether you enjoy a good science fiction novel, or a biography about a famous person, public libraries can help. These days, you can go online to learn about all your local library has to offer. If you can't get to the library and have access to a home computer, you can do research on the Internet for book reports, work, or just fun. The Internet can be a great learning source, and you can utilize it at the library. Most newer and larger public libraries have several computers to choose from. Ask the librarian for more information on the computers, book collection, and children's programs. You can find public libraries by looking in your local phone book or by searching online directory listings. Go online to browse a few websites of libraries near you to find out how to apply for a library card, learn about children's programming, renew a book online, or request a book copy.