Monday, September 30th was the last official day of Library Card Sign-up Month 2019. While this is a special month put aside each year to celebrate the lifelong learning opportunities made possible with a library card, there is never a bad time to sign up for one! With a library card, you don’t just have free access to print books, you also have a host of other resources and amenities available to you free of charge! Here are just a few of the things available to you with your library card:
1. Digital Media and Database Access
With your library card, you have access to a huge amount of digital content FOR FREE! You can use a mobile device (like a smartphone or tablet) to search for and download e-books, audio books, movies, music, magazines, and episodes of your favorite TV shows! To start exploring our free apps for eBooks and eAudio, click here!
2. Museum Passes
With your library card, you have access to FREE select museum passes! Each pass is different concerning how many people are admitted and how checkout works, so begin exploring our museum pass checkout system, click here!
3. Personal Development
With your library card, you have access to a number of online tools and in-person classes that can help you develop your professional and personal skills! The best part? They’re all FREE! Are you looking to learn a new language? Brush up on your tech skills? Prepare for a test? Start and/or improve your job search? We’ve got you covered!
For an in-depth look at our personal development resources, click here!
4. Events and Programming
Public libraries very often host music concerts, educational lectures, and classes for free! The Franklin Township Public Library is no different, as we offer a wide variety of FREE events and programs to the public.
For a look at what we’ve got going on this month, click here for our online calendar!
5. Local History
Many public libraries are home to documents and records pertaining to their community’s history. Photographs, original maps, personal items, family histories, and much more can be found in historical reference collections. Without a centralized storage location like a public library, historical documents are scattered throughout the community and are therefore much harder to preserve and locate. By helping to save and organize local historical documents, libraries are fulfilling their mission of bettering the community for its own sake at no cost to you! For an in-depth look at the resources the library has available for local history, please click here!
6. Work Space, Computers, and WiFi
Every library will have tables and chairs set aside for you to do work. Some will even have secluded areas for patrons who really need to study! Here at the Library, we have a number of places to study and plug in whatever device you’re using. Unlike cafes and other places you might be able to study, there is no expectation of spending money of any kind; you simply get to use library space for whatever it is you are working on! Of course, the only restrictions are the library’s hours of operation and your speaking volume!
For any questions about the above resources, please call the Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 ext. 111 or leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading!