Get Busy at the Library September 13, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Libraries, public libraries – Tags: ,

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, a national celebration of public libraries and time to make sure that students have the most important school supply of all — a free Library card.

As a reminder of the plethora of offerings available at most libraries The Seattle Public Library has put out a list packed with opportunities to enrich your life.

Here are 30 things you can do for free at The Seattle Public Library:

1. Visit a museum – we’ve just added the Museum of Flight and the Museum of History and Industry.

2.  Learn how to write.

3.  Publish your e-book.

4.  Watch a movie online or at the Library.

5.  Download (and keep!) three songs a week.

6.  Get homework help online or in person, in English and Spanish.

7.   Speak a new language – we’ve got 80 to choose from!

8.   Learn programming or Web design with Safari Books Online.

9.   Become an Excel spreadsheet guru with Microsoft IT Academy.

10.  Find a job.

11.  Revamp your résumé – Brainfuse offers Live Résumé Help and will edit and return yours within 24 hours.

12.  Get healthy with easy-to-browse health and medical journals.

13.  Save money with Consumers’ Checkbook, a guide to Puget Sound services and stores such as auto repair shops, hospitals, plumbers, banks and insurance companies.

14.  Research your purchases – check Consumer Reports online.

15.  Download an e-book.

16.  Not sure how to download an e-book on your new device? Sign up for Tech Help.

17.  Reserve a computer – up to 90 minutes a day.

18.  Scan photos or use Adobe Photoshop at the Central Library.

19.  Research your family history.

20.  Start a business.

21.  Learn how to invest your money.

22.  Attend a story time or take the Lego-building challenge with your kid.

23.  File your taxes. Free tax help is offered every year from January to mid-April.

24.  Read a book that the rest of the city is reading – Seattle Reads happens every spring.

25.  Fix your bike.

26.  Preview ballet and opera performances or enjoy a concert.

27.  Hold a meeting – non-commercial groups can book one date per month.

28.  Use free Wi-Fi.

29.  Join a book group to talk about books with other readers.

30.  Get personalized book recommendations with Your Next 5 Books.

Now get busy.

Previously on Book Patrol:
Seattle Public Library Unveils New Library Cards
Graphically Speaking: The Benefits of a Library Card
Library Card Coffee Table

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