Use Your Library, People.

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I know it was just a few weeks ago that I wrote that post about how amazing libraries are for your kids.  Guess whaaattt???  I’m going to rant about this again.  We went to library classes and did some outside stuff (like nature walks, reading 15 minutes plus everyday, drawing favorite characters from books,) and look what DC earned:

That’s a baby-backpack, a board book, a sippy cup, and
magnetic letters.  A lot of them.

They’re having a summer reading program, too, where you can earn stuff.  There’s one for kids, and most libraries have one for adults, too, where you can win a tote bag and an entry into a contest or something.

Which brings me to today’s rant.  LIBRARIES AREN’T JUST FOR KIDS.  All those classes they offered for everyone in elementary school are great, but there’s also classes that are fun, and sometimes extremely practical for adults.  For example, look at what the Carnegie Libraries are doing just in this next week:

  • a class for non-profits to make their website into a marketing tool
  • Job Seeking Basics:  An eight-week series to gainful employment
  • Conversation Salon-from what I can tell this is the adult version of the current events club your high school hosted
  • Ladies Only Monthly Card Game
  • Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion
  • Board Game Night
  • Gadget Lab-Learning to use eReaders and mp3 players via  the library’s services
  • Let’s Speak English-An ESL class
  • Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
  • Italian for Beginners
  • Take a Wise Walk–Walking Group for your Health
  • Nitendo Wii:  Gaming @ the Library
  • Knit One Crochet Too–Learn how to knit/crochet
  • Fiction Film and Fun:  The Stoning of Soraya M–Discuss the book and watch the movie
  • Friends of the Library—I admittedly have no idea what this is.
  • Speak Spanish:  Spanish for Beginners
  • Spanish Club:  El Club de Conversacion en Espanol–A conversational group for Spanish speakers of all levels
  • Chinese Conversation Club–prior knowledge of Chinese is required
  • Bound Together Book Club:  Library & Museum Collaboration–Look at art at the museum in the context of literature
  • Haiku Poetry Discussion Group
  • Resume Writing Class
  • Yoga with Phyllis
  • The History of Women in Mining:  Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Meeting
  • Korean for Beginners
  • Korean II-I’d imagine Korean for Beginners is a prerequisite
  • Writer’s Workshop-a writer’s support group
  • Saturday Matinee- this one is a production of a Cold War Era inspired spy novel
  • Edgewood Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players Concert
  • Excel Basics
  • Quilting Group for people of all levels
  • Mock Interviews—one on one assistance
  • Keyboarding 2
  • Unlocking the Classics-a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra member comes to talk to you about music
  • City Councilman Lavelle’s Mobile Office—talk to your city councilman in person
  • German Discussion Group-intermediate to fluent levels
  • Japanese for Beginners
  • Coffee and Computers-basic computer help
  • Word Beyond the Basics:  Computer Class
  • Craftybags!  A group for any type of crafter (beader, sewer, knitter, etc.)
  • Internet Basics
  • Japanese Coversation Club-intermediate or advanced skills
  • Stretch and Relax–a mix of aerobics and yoga
  • Community Meeting–be a part of organizing clean up Lawrenceville later in the year
  • Excel Beyond the Basics
  • Monitoring School Progress–make sure your schools are working for you kids and your community
  • The Art of Storytelling for Educators
  • Skills for Success Speaker Series–Know Your Credit, Avoid Identity Theft
  • Spanish II
Okay.  I was not expecting that list to be longer than the kids’.  It just emphasizes my point, though.  Look at all that stuff your library offers.  How much of it have you been paying for?  A lot of these things are run by people with Ph.D.s in their respective fields.  And look how many are related to personal finance, by the way.  If you’re unemployed or seeking better employment, you can’t say there’s no help out there!  Look at all the classes specifically geared towards helping you get a job!  I’m a bit of a xenophile, so you may just see me at some of these language classes.
If you’re not in Pittsburgh, I promise you your library offers some similar programs.  And probably some different and interesting ones, too.  Use your library, people.

15 thoughts on “Use Your Library, People.

  1. Modest Money

    I had no idea that the library offered so many great services. I’ve been meaning to check out my local library to get some books, but now I’m going to have to look into what else they offer.

    1. femmefrugality

      Honestly, I didn’t either. I knew about some of the basic computer classes and book clubs, but not resume help, interview practices, and language clubs. Board game night doesn’t sound like torture either…

  2. Meredith

    This is an awesome list! And I just thought the library was awesome b/c I can support my reading habit for free! Obviously more to discover… 🙂

  3. Shawanda

    OMG! I’m typing this comment at the library. I LOVE it. They finally allowed laptops and other electronics in the quiet study room. Of all the public, non-essential resources paid for with our tax dollars, I think the library is the best.

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