Your library is more than just the place to borrow The Hunger Games or take your little brother for Story Hour. This is a list of seven things, in no particular order, that you and your friends may be interested in “checking out” at your local branch.
1. There’s no reason to have zillions of your own subscriptions to every fashion, sports and celebrity magazine out there. Your local library already subscribes, and you can check out the latest news, gossip or trends out there, without spending a dime. The same goes for DVDs – no more waiting for your turn on the family’s Netflix queue.
2. Study Rooms. You can reserve a room to work with the other members of your group project or study group. That means you don’t have to invite people home, clean your room or introduce anyone to Mom.
3. You can check out the latest tech. Many libraries have iPads, netbooks, e-readers and other new gadgets that you can use, and sometimes even borrow.
4. Video Games. Whether it’s a board game, Xbox360 or a Wii, some libraries offer gaming rooms and the latest titles. Bring your friends or make a new one.
5. College Planning and Test Taking. The library is the place to be to get help or resources on everything from SAT study guides to scholarship searches.
6. Many libraries have Teen Advisory Councils or Teen Outreach Groups. Getting involved can have a great impact on your community and provide you with the kind of leadership experience that looks great on college applications.
7. You never know who you will meet. Looking for a smart, fun Homecoming date who knows where to find all of the above? Tired of the same scene at school? Hang out at your local library.
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. This is the time of year when libraries reach out to their communities and remind them about their “smartest card.” Support your local libraries and the important work they do by signing up for a library card if you don’t already have one.
photo credit: Schaumberg Township District Library