60 Ways to Use Your Library Card

People using e-readers

1.  Download an e-book. Your library is where you can get e-books and other digital content. Photo: Poudre River (Colo.) Public Library District.

Librarian giving tutorial on downloading e-books

2. Take a workshop on how to use your e-reader or other gadgets. Photo: Elizabeth Hough, Hedberg Public Library, Wis.

Gaming night at Ann Arbor Public Library

6. Learn check mate: attend a library game night.
 Photo: Ann Arbor District Library, Mich.

Kids at storytime in a library

11. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
 Photo: Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library.

Child at wall-mounted digital tablet

12. Librarians are early literacy experts...
 Photo: Mounted iPad at Darien (Conn.) Public Library, by Gretchen Caserotti.

Baby dressed as Albert Einstein

13. ...that can put your child on the path to becoming a baby Einstein.  Photo: Princeton (N.J.) Public Library .

Man using Wi-Fi at library

4. Use free Wi-Fi. Almost 91% of public libraries offer wireless Internet access. Photo: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Ga.

Patrons at computers

14. Launch your future: Get free assistance with job searches, resume writing and interviewing tips. Photo: Newport News (Va.) Public Library System.

Woman reading business books

15. Become an entrepreneur. Learn how to write a business plan.
 Photo: Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library.

Boys Read Jon Sczieskas books at Loudoun County Public Library

27. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
 Photo: Linda Holtslander, Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library.

Man and child working on homework

16. Get help with homework.
 Photo: New Jersey Library Association.

 Family Movie Night at West (Ill.)Public Library

7. Take the kids to a free movie or pick up a DVD to watch together at home. Photo: West Chicago (Ill.)Public Library District.

Children at yoga class, Newport News (Va.) Public Library

41. Take a fitness class.
 Photo: Newport News (Va.) Public Library System.

Forum on bullying at Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library.

21. Find common ground about issues that are important to your community. Photo: Cristin Foster, David Mathews Center for Civic Life. 

Francisco and Ingrid Maldonado

22. Take citizenship classes.
 Photo: Bentonville (Ark.) Public Library.

Wine tasting fundraiser at a library

16. Learn to distinguish fact from fiction.
 Photo: Drake Community Library, Grinnell, Iowa.

Man sitting at a table with sign reading ex-gang member

24.  Spend an hour with a living book.  Photo: Annie Wyndham Solomon (Wynsolo Photography), Santa Monica (Calif.) Public Library.

Patron with printed robot at Sunnyvale (Calif.) Public Library

30.  Design and print a robot with a 3D printer...
 Photo: Sunnyvale (Calif.) Public Library.

Makerspace at Chattanooga Public Library

31. ...or build a real robot. Makerspaces are popping up in libraries around the country.  Photo: Chattanooga (Tenn.) Public Library.

Seed envelope at Pima County Library

32. Get growing! Check out seeds to plant in your backyard or community garden. Photo: Pima County (Ariz.) Public Library.

Princeton Public Library after Hurricane Sandy

33.  Find shelter, free Wi-Fi and useful information after a storm.  Photo: Princeton (N.J) Public Library.

Woman doing research

34.  Use free tools to research your family tree.
 Photo: Green County (Ky.) Public Library.

Preservation Clinic at Iowa State University Park Library

35.  Find the best resources on how to preserve that photo of your great grandmother. Photo: Iowa State University's Park Library.

Author book signing

29. Talk mysteries with people who like mysteries, too, at a library book club.  Photo: York County (S.C.) Library.

Author book signing

36. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel or attend a book signing. Photo: Linda Holtslander, Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library.

Woman working at computer

38.  ...then find a quiet spot to plug in your laptop and begin your own novel. Photo: Woodford County (Ky.) Library.

Man and woman at library computer

39. Use a library computer to apply for a job online or study for a certification exam.  Photo: Green County (Ky.) Public Library.

Two teens using computer at library

47. Try on a new hat at a library fundraiser.
 Photo: Southfield (Mich.) Public Library.

Woman decorating a hat

31. ...or learn how to make your own hat.
 Photo: Newport News (Va.) Public Library.

Digital bookmobile

43.Borrow or download an audio book for your next road trip or commute. Photo: Pioneer Library System, Okla.

People attending class at library

5. Learn to edit digital photos. More than 90% of public libraries offer technology training. Photo: Elizabeth Hough, Hedberg Public Library, Wis.

Two girls reading

49. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
 Photo: Cobb County (Ga.) Public Library System.

Boy and parents reading to a dog

50. Build your young reader's self esteem by letting him read to a dog at the library. Photo: Linda Holtslander, Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library.

Girl with crafted necklace

8. Attend a family crafts workshop. Photo: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Ga.

Auto repair class for women at Newport News Public library in Virginia

42. Empower yourself. Check out a book on auto repair or learn how to change a flat tire. Photo: Newport News (Va.) Public Library.

Kids having fun on a bookmobile

51. Check out books in the bookmobile. Photo: Homer Township Public Library, Homer Glen, Ill.

Books on Bikes staff at Seattle Public Library

52. Sit in the park and let books come to you!.
 Photo: Seattle Public Library 

Three men at graduation ceremony

20. Learn how to manage your money or pay for college at a free library seminar.  Photo: University of San Francisco Graduation, May 2010 by Shawn Calhoun.

Star Wars Stormtrooper (person in costume) reading a book

28. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
 Photo: Lexington (Ky.) Public Library.

Teen cooking class

53.Take a cooking class.
 Photo: San Mateo County (Calif.) Library.

Boy Scouts at a library

43. Book a meeting room for your club or community organization.
 Photo: Marshall (Wis.) Community Library.

Woman looking at iPad

55.Give new gadgets a try at a tech petting zoo.
 Photo: Newport News (Va.) Public Library System.

Girl petting duck at the zoo

56. ...or check out a pass to a zoo for a family outing.
 Photo: Brookfield Zoo by Michael Kappel.

Wine tasting fundraiser at a library

26. Get involved — join your library's Friends group or teen advisory board. Photo: Marshall (Wis.) Community Library.

Woodworking class

44. Find a new hobby.
 Photo: Carol Eyman, Nashua (N.H.) Public Library.

Concert at library

45. Enjoy a concert.
 Photo: Linda Holtslander, Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library

Child with fishing pole

57.Check out a fishing pole...
 Photo: Koa's first fish by Barron Fujimoto.

Person walking in snow shoes

58. ...or snow shoes...
 Photo: Snow shoeing by thebmag.

Chimney brush

59. ...or a chimney brush.
 Photo: Chimney sweep's brush by keepps.

Bookmobile patron Georgina Gaytan and her daughter Paulina

3. Use a computer 62% of libraries offer the only free computer and Internet access in their communities.  Photo: El Paso (Texas) Public Library.

teen reading a book curled up in a comfy chair

60. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a good book and enjoy. Photo: Linda Holtslander, Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library.

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