101 Free Things to do at the Library


    1. Find a best seller to check out

    2. Use the WiFi or a public computer

    3. Catch up on current events by browsing The Week or Time magazines

    4. Introduce your grandchild to the Library

    5. Pick up the tax return forms you need

    6. Search the 1.5 million items in the online catalog

    7. Learn a new language using Mango languages online

    8. Have items delivered to you if you’re homebound

    9. Renew items online, by phone, or in person

    10. Use reliable, kid-friendly resources to do homework

    11. Text a question and get an answer in minutes

    12. Check out the latest DVD

    13. Volunteer to help at the Summer Reading Carnival

    14. Learn about North Plains history

    15. Participate in the One Book One Community program

    16. Buy See’s Candy bars as a fundraiser for the Library

    17. Get help from the ultimate search engine – a librarian

    18. Download ebooks and audiobooks from anywhere

    19. Make photocopies – in color or black and white, one-sided or two-sided

    20. Borrow a Cultural Pass to visit a local museum for free

    21. Borrow a Kill-A-Watt monitor and save on electric bills

    22. Bring the family to a puppet show, movie, or magic act

    23. Take a GED, ASVAB, SAT or civil service practice test

    24. Look up how much that Roy Rogers lunch box is worth

    25. Attend an interesting lecture by a local historian

    26. Join The Friends of the North Plains Public Library

    27. Bring your preschooler to Storytime and meet other parents

    28. Read every issue of The Beacon that has been written

    29. Check your investments

    30. Learn Word and Excel – easy, intermediate, and advanced

    31. Research genealogy and trace your family tree

    32. Find mysteries, science fiction, romances, and westerns to enjoy

    33. Get help to find a job or change your career

    34. Borrow a potty training kit to share with your child

    35. Pick up recommended reading lists for kids of all ages

    36. Read the newest Popular Mechanics magazine

    37. Create a resume and apply for jobs online

    38. Learn about upcoming community and cultural events

    39. Shape up with an exercise video

    40. Find a list of local childcare providers

    41. Read the latest medical research reports online

    42. Learn to identify the birds in your backyard

    43. Study in a (relatively) quiet place

    44. Watch the electronic reader board for Library and local events

    45. Use Library resources to start a small business

    46. Find out about local community organizations

    47. Consult consumer guides to help decide which insurance, computer, car, or washing machine to buy

    48. Get detailed specs, diagrams, and manuals for more than 34,000 vehicles

    49. Receive reading recommendations via RSS/email

    50. Update your Facebook page

    51. Check out books in large print for easier reading

    52. Join other knitters and crocheters at the monthly Craft Nights

    53. Check out your favorite graphic novel

    54. Learn how to navigate the Internet

    55. Visit us: 10-7:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 10-6:00 Thursday, Friday; and 10-5:00 Saturday

    56. Be inspired by new ideas for redecorating your house

    57. Learn how to prepare your preschooler for success in school

    58. Check out a new or old television series

    59. Get picture books for storytelling at home

    60. Pick up catalogs of classes at local colleges

    61. Join a book discussion group

    62. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel

    63. Research a term paper

    64. Schedule a Library tour tailored to your group or class

    65. Open an email account

    66. Bring your family to watch a free movie

    67. Volunteer to reshelve books

    68. Play with a puppet or color with crayons

    69. Learn to touch type or master that new software program

    70. Find a new recipe

    71. Share online resources and databases with your students

    72. Enroll your child in the Summer Reading Program

    73. Take an introductory computer class

    74. Check out the latest fashion magazine

    75. Explore your background with HeritageQuest or Ancestry

    76. Curl up to read in a comfy chair

    77. Cool off in air-conditioned comfort on a hot summer day

    78. Be warm in the winter months

    79. Read a local newspaper

    80. Buy a raffle ticket to win a beautiful quilt

    81. Publicize a nonprofit organization on the bulletin board

    82. Find out about upcoming community and cultural events

    83. Learn how to preserve vegetables from your garden

    84. Look up the phone number for a long lost friend

    85. Participate in Adult Summer Reading and enter to win prizes

    86. Learn how to take care of your new pet

    87. Donate your used books to the Friends of the Library

    88. Reserve (hold) books that will help you plan a vacation

    89. Check out language CDs and phrasebooks for that trip abroad

    90. Keep kids entertained with audio books during car trips

    91. Be notified by email when items you’ve requested arrive

    92. Wiggle and giggle with your child at Storytime

    93. Stay in touch with family far away through email

    94. Learn what is going on in the community from the Community Notices Bulletin Board

    95. “Like” us on Facebook

    96. Check out our website at www.nplibrary.org

    97. Read minutes from past City Council Meetings

    98. Come see our artwork on display

    99. Order materials from other libraries and pick them up locally — right here in North Plains

    100. Drop off materials for other Washington County libraries at the North Plains Public Library

    101. Come hear an author speak about his or her latest book

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