101 Free Things to Do at Your 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. 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: 11-7:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and 11-5:00 Thursday, Friday,
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
100. Drop off materials for other Washington County libraries at the North Plains Public
101. Come hear an author speak about his or her latest book