60 Ways to Use Your Library Card

Male and female (couple)

7. Find love at the library: meet like-minded mates at a library speed dating event or check out a romance novel.  Photographer:  Daniel Muller.

Young girl with dog

16. Build your young reader's self esteem by letting her read to a dog at the library. Photo:  Chelsea (Mich.) District Library.

Librarian giving tutorial on e-books

2. Take a workshop on how to use your e-reader or other gadgets. Photo: Rapid City (S.D.) Public Library.

Gaming night at Skokie Public Library

8. Learn check mate: attend a library game night. Photo: Skokie (Ill.) Public Library.

Library card, Freedom card

25. Learn about local candidates for office and pick up information on voter registration. Image: San Antonio (Texas) Public Library.

Users do research at a Pierce County terminal in the new Job + Business Center

18. Launch your future: Get free assistance with job searches, resume writing and interviewing tips. Photo: Pierce County (Wa.) Library System.

Man and child working on homework

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

Spiderman with child at a library

30. Check out your favorite graphic novel. Photo: Monterey (Calif.) Public Library.

 Family Movie Night at the Lester Public Library, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

9. Take the kids to a free movie or pick up a DVD to watch together at home. Photo: Lester Public Library, Two Rivers, Wis.

boys with hula hoop

54. Take a fitness class. Photo: Cobb County (Ga.) Library System.

woman reading business books

35. Learn how to write a business plan. Photo: Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library.

cooking class at the library

43. Take a cooking class. Photo: West Chicago (Ill.) Public Library District.

teen reading a book curled up in a comfy chair

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

Woman doing research

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

seed library at Pima County Library

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

Author book signing

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

Woman working at computer

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

Wine tasting fundraiser at a library

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

Man and woman at library computer

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

Preservation Clinic at Iowa State University Park Library

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

Paper lantern craft night at San Mateo Public Library

10. Attend a family crafts workshop. Photo: San Mateo (Calif.) Public Library. Catrina Hanna, Youth Services Librarian, photographer.

Man using Wi-fi at library

4. Use free Wi-Fi. Almost 91% of public libraries offer wireless Internet access. Photo: Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library.

Three teens using e-readers

1. Download an e-book. Over 75% of libraries offer access to e-books.  Photo: Myrtle Grove Middle School in Wilmington, N.C.

Kids at storytime

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

Family at museum

17. Check out a pass to a city museum. Photo: Family looking at painting by gliuoo.

Two girls reading

14. Enroll your child in a summer reading program. Photo: Woodford County (Ky.) Library.

Kids having fun on a bookmobile

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

Outdoor concert at library

49. Enjoy a concert. Photo: Bozeman (Mont.) Public Library.

Star Wars Stormtrooper (person in costume) reading a book

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

Star Wars Stormtrooper (person in costume) reading a book

52. Empower yourself: check out a book for that home improvement project. Photo: Kenton County (Ky.) Public Library.

Boy Scouts at a library

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

People listening to speaker in an auditorium

33. Learn how to manage your money at a free financial planning seminar.  Photo: Lexington (Ky.) Library.

Three women at graduation ceremony

24. Figure out how to pay for college at a free library seminar.  Photo: University of San Francisco Graduation Commencement May 2010 by Shawn Calhoun.

People attending class at library

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

Man sitting at a table with sign reading Muslim

28. Spend an hour with a living book.  Photo: Atlanta Fulton County (Ga.) Library.

Two teens using computer at library

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

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