For a lot of people, the library is just a place to check out books. For others, it’s a place to use free computers or get some help polishing a resume. For those with children, it’s a safe place to take their kids for storytime or a computer class.
But did you know that the library offers much more than a plastic card and a wi-fi password? As the world has evolved, so too has the humble library. Chattahoochee Valley Libraries now offer a heap of services, both online and offline, that you can use free with a library card. Check out the top five things you didn’t know you could do at the library.
Ukeleleles, xylophones, steel drums, and even a lyre, dulcimer and Celtic harp—all library branches have musical instruments available to check out for up to seven days. You can also check out a “portable recording studio” that includes a microphone and accessories to record your music.
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Mango Languages is a free app and website available to those with a library card. Users can choose to learn one (or several) of more than 70 available languages. The service even includes foreign language films to help with immersion and specialty courses in culture.
Zinio, accessible through the library website, lets you check out and read digital copies of hundreds of magazines. You can even download adult coloring books and fill them in on your computer.
The Columbus Public Library hosts free movie nights every Monday at 7 p.m. Most of the films are new releases, and many of them are not intended for children. Some previous films were “La La Land,” “Fences,” “Paterson” and “Birth of a Nation.”
STEAM kits (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) are some of the newest additions to the library. These tools and kits, which include GoPro cameras, drawing tablets, electronics kits and even a “3-D doodling pen” can be checked out for seven days.
And of course, after you’ve done all of that, you can also come home with a handful of freshly checked-out books too. Find out more information at cvlga.org.
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE