Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Check It Out

I can’t believe how many people never go to the public library.
You’re probably thinking: I avoid the library at all costs. It’s just a big building full of dull books and funny looking workers who never go outside. People who spend time in there have no life. If I want to be bored, I can always go outside and watch the grass grow.
Did you know all of the following are available at your local public library?
·        CDs-every genre plus things like sound effects CDs
·        DVDs—some are FREE for 3 weeks and some are a $1 fee for 7 days
·        Magazines (there are currently well over 100 different subscriptions available to you)
·        How-to videos (DVDs) on everything from plumbing to salsa dancing
·        Books on CD—you can listen to someone read you a book while you’re in the car
·         Reference books such as local history, world maps, immigration records, and government
·        Newspapers--local and from other cities
·        Meeting rooms for the use of the public
·        Online resources-some of which you can access from home-including:
o   Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, and local newspapers
o   Alternative health articles
o   Science journals
o   Legal forms
o   Grzimek’s Animal Life—pictures and videos of all sorts of animals
o   Historical newspapers
o   The New York Times newspaper
o   Biographies (life stories) of assorted interesting people
o   Online book club
o   Novelist, a place to look up reviews of books
o   If your library doesn’t have an item, you can request it from another library
o   Online homework help!!
They also offer homebound service for people unable to leave their homes---if you are disabled, you can have books delivered to your door.
If you have an e-reader such as a Kindle or Nook, you can ‘check out’ books to your device. The library has free Wi-Fi, too.
You can request books, DVDs, or CDs online using your card barcode and a PIN. When it’s available, the library will pull it for you and have it waiting, and they’ll email you to let you know it’s in.

And of course…books!! Thousands of books!
·        Non-fiction books….Here’s a quick rundown of where to find books about….
000 Generalities      *you can find books about using your computer and software here
100 Philosophy & psychology     *books about why people think what they think
200 Religion       *learn about yours or someone else’s religion
300 Social Science   *why do people act like they do?  And, 362: Crime investigations
400 Language        *how did a language develop, and where?
500 Natural science & mathematics       * do you like animals? Check out the 599s
600 Technology (applied sciences)     *cookbooks—641;  Car repair: 629.
700 The arts            *760 – graphic arts. And--ballet, theater, painting, sculpture
800 Literature & rhetoric          *poetry
       900 Geography & history       *Travel—914; 917; Biography—920

Fiction (not true) stories are classified also by different kinds of fiction: Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance, etc. You can look for books from home or in person at the library computers. Take note of the call letters and you'll be able to quickly find your book on the shelf.

Need I remind you, all of the above (except the rental DVDs) are available for the very very low price of …

Absolutely NOTHING.  Nada. Zilch. Zero.

So how can that be boring??

If you don’t have a library card, stop in and get one. You will need a driver’s license or other form of ID.

And then: visit often and see what’s new. If you’re not careful, you might learn something.

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