by Kirsti Call
I love the library! As a kid, I’d invite my friends to go with me on our weekly visits--I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful place! The prospect of a trip to the library still fills me with excitement at the age of 40. Here are three ways I make the most of my library card.
1. Request and Pick Up: As much as I love the library, as a mother of five, I don't really have the time to peruse the stacks like I used to. With the help of my trusty library card, I can reserve books online. I simply sign into my library's website, search for my book, and click on “Place Hold.” When my books are ready, I get an email from the library. When I arrive, they're waiting for me at the front desk.
2. Movie Rentals: We haven't had to pay for a movie in a long time. And yes, streaming is great, but it doesn't fulfill our every need. The library has a huge selection of movies that we can rent for a full week with no charge.
3. Museum Passes: Our library allows us to reserve and print out museum passes from home. This gives us the freedom to enjoy over 22 local museums for free.
4. Library Events: I use my library card to register for library events. The library calendar is full of events for children and adults. We've been to magic shows, scavenger hunts and books clubs. Just last Saturday our family went to book bingo; we each went home with a new book to read! There's nothing better than that!
5. E-Book Rentals: I love always having hundreds of books at my disposal because of my Kindle. I keep it in my purse at all times. You can borrow e-books for free by signing up on Overdrive.com with your local library!
How do you make the most of your library card?
Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five. Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, came out in 2013 with Character Publishing. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer's Rumpus and co-coordinates Reading for Research Month, a challenge for picture book writers who use mentor texts to improve their writing skills. If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading or writing. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com.
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