13 Things To Do at the Library Besides Borrowing Books

13 Things To Do at the Library Besides Borrowing Books

the libraryIt’s National Library Week and I am a confirmed library lover. I’ve been hooked on the library ever since I was 5 years old and got in trouble for picking books from the regular reading room instead of staying in the children’s section where I “belonged.”

Back then, libraries were all books and story time and those cool card catalogs. Public libraries today are still full of books and story time but there are so many more things you can do at the library now—and those cool card catalogs? Well, they’ve been replaced by computers.

If you haven’t checked out your public library lately, you are way overdue for a visit. You really need to see what you can do at a library today.

Learn a New SkillHere are 13 things you can do at the library besides checking out a book.

  • Download eBooks
  • Host (or attend) a meeting or class
  • Research your family history
  • Check out a movie/watch a movie
  • Learn a new skill or make a craft
  • Download an audio book
  • Check out a GoPro Camera
  • See an art exhibit
  • Listen to a story
  • Buy a book
  • Play a Game
  • Learn to Use a Computer
  • Learn another Language
What have you done at your public library lately besides check out a book?

 

 

13 thoughts on “13 Things To Do at the Library Besides Borrowing Books

  • May 1, 2018 at 11:06 am
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    Another thing you can do at the library. Get Married and get a passport for your honeymoon. All at the Houston Public Library in guess where Houston Texas. lol

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    • May 2, 2018 at 9:59 am
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      Our libraries are great resources, aren’t they? Now that is service–performing weddings and prepping for the honeymoon. And I’m sure along with that passport, you can check out many great travel guides to plan that honeymoon.

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  • June 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm
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    I love my library. I’m still in high school, but Nobody goes to the library. They just get ebooks. I don’t know what it is about books, but the paper is just more meaningful to me that any online book I could find.

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    • June 28, 2017 at 6:29 am
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      I know how you feel, Hayley. I don’t mind ebooks when I’m traveling or can’t get a book in another format, but I love paper books too. There’s just something about the way they feel–and the smell of a new book. Plus, it’s kind of hard to share or gift someone ebooks.

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  • January 24, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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    When I learned to read I was just 2 blocks away from my library. The librarian in the childrens room in the Schenectady library where I obtained my books was Miss Adams. I am 77 years old and I remember her like it was just yesterday. That was my summer vacation bring all the books I could carry and sit on the front porch and read. To this day I remember my wonderful summer vacations.

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    • January 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm
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      Sounds like heaven to me, Helen. Thanks for sharing that great memory.

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  • November 21, 2015 at 5:31 am
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    When I hit 10 I had to move to the adult section of the library. There were no youth or teen books at this time. And yes I’m dating myself but I’m not even 60. What an education I got and am still getting from my library.

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    • November 21, 2015 at 6:39 am
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      I can relate, Karen. When I was 8, my mother was scolded by the librarians for not making me stay in the children’s section, “Where I belonged.” Thankfully I had a wise mother who told them I could read whatever I wanted. And I still read whatever I want, to this day.

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  • April 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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    I frequently go to the library with my lap top to write. I get lonely writing at home all the time and it’s inspiring being around all those books. I feel like I’m in good company.

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    • April 18, 2014 at 6:52 am
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      That’s a great idea, Greta. I may have to start writing at the library when it gets to crazy at home. After all, it’s just up the street, but far away from all the distractions (except those books, of course).

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      • July 3, 2015 at 1:09 pm
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        I Love the library so much, that I got a job managing one.

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        • July 6, 2015 at 2:17 am
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          Sounds like paradise to me, Jim. I think I definitely could have become a librarian.

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