How’s your public library? by da-AL

How often do you use the public library nearest to you? Books are heaven to me (I’m in the middle of writing two novels!) — but here in Los Angeles, they’re not the only reason to I love them.

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  1. Any California resident can get a Los Angeles County Public Library card.
  2. All services are entirely free!
  3. Visitors can browse, and cardholders can borrow in-person or order online — materials from hard copies, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies, and more — to downloadable ones.
  4. Los Angeles County has nearly 100 libraries, including bookmobiles. Free of charge, they’ll deliver books from one site to another.
  5. Physically challenged people can have items delivered.
  6. Vocational and fun classes are available online and at their facilities — many online ones engage real teachers.
  7. There’s live online homework tutoring.
  8. Job seekers and business owners have lots of resources.
  9. Enjoy fun events — music, crafts, reading, and workshops.
  10. Over the summer, kids get free lunches.
  11. Lonely or just want to be cozy and quiet? Come on in!
  12. Meeting spaces can be used by groups and tutors.
  13. Get help obtaining a high school diploma.
  14. Wifi, computers, and printers are complimentary. Photocopying fees are nominal.
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40 thoughts on “How’s your public library? by da-AL

  1. Some of those services would be great here – particularly being able to download stuff online.

    I don’t go to our local library as it really isn’t local – I’m in a very rural area of mid-Wales and getting to things is pretty difficult. Also, it seems to me that each time I go, I catch a virus and I’ve pretty low resistence, so…. 🙂

    Have you seen the little library-stands that some people set up outside their homes or community centres, where people can leave books they no longer want so that other people (who do the same) can have them?

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    • what a sweet idea — I’ve heard of them but don’t have them where I live — perhaps because there are so many libraries in Los Angeles? does your offer online services so you wouldn’t have to commute? ie here one can download electronic files — & folks who are disabled can have stuff delivered…

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      • I’m in a very rural, ‘out in the sticks’ place. I think there was a mobile service at one time, not sure about online facilities of the nearest one, will have to look! 🙂

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  2. A wonderful share! I love the way libraries are a vivacious part of a community. I don’t think most people know how much more there is to them than books alone (which are heaven to me as well). My son works st the same library where I took him for storytime as a child. So, my trips to the library also come with hugs. 😊

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  3. I live in a small farming village on the prairies (about 600 people depending on how many are on vacation or in jail when the census is taken… 🙂 ) so the library is small but proud and up to date… although I have visited I rely more on the internet… 🙂

    “Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. “ Mark van Doren

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  4. Here in Cincinnati Ohio we have a lot of library’s. I have spent a lot of time in my local library and used several of there online resources as well. I use to hold Meetups in one that is in a beautiful historical house. It has been awhile since I have had much time to spend at the library but when I do go I love reading up on subjects that are new to me.

    Nice post, have a super wonderful day.

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  5. The services sound much the same as in Denmark. A reading card is free of charge, and you can also get comics, music and DVDs. And the latest newspapers. They order things for you from other, larger libraries, in case they don’t have what you want. Many libraries have areas for children and grown ups to meet, then there are silent areas.

    There are computers for users free of charge, because in Denmark all public services are not computerized, and not everybody owns a computer, especially the elderly, so they can go to the library and get help doing their business online.

    But in California you seem to have more offers for education. I am not sure that this is on offer in Denmark. I never investigated. It is good to have good library services, so thumbs up for California! (and Denmark 🙂 )

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  6. Our library back in Brisbane (Australia) is excellent but sadly, I haven’t found one here yet…the State Archives is fabulous though!

    I’ve just finished devouring The Green Mile – Stephen King in a couple of sittings. It’s a shame I saw the movie before reading the book.

    Good luck with your two novels – you’re a machine. 🙂

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  7. Our city library is tiny and outdated but we have access to the entire Orange County system. Some services are offered but the facility is too small to do as much as LA. Still, the public library is one of democracy’s best defenders and equalizers. Membership is free. I wish more people would take advantage of the library and expand their minds. Great post, Daal.

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  8. Your library systems sounds wonderful! I live within a 5 minute walk of my local library in the Square, and it’s part of the reason that I chose my apartment. The writing critique groups that I attend, along with one of my reading clubs, all meet there, which is great. Even though I don’t go the library every day, I always know that it’s there, and I really like that!

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