10 reasons to use your local library

by MARCY TIMBLIN Contributing writer
| October 9, 2020 1:00 AM

You can buy eBooks on Amazon and paperbacks at your local book store. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi with purchase at the coffee shop.

You have access to educational opportunities during elementary and secondary years and with tuition, higher education.

You can do extensive research using Google or another search engine.

So, is The Library really even needed anymore?

With more than 1,000 visitors and online users per day, The Library is as relevant as it’s ever been.

Here is a short list of the many things you can get at the Library, and nowhere else.

  1. One stop selection of books, music, movies, games and more.

  2. Use of computers, scanners and fax service at no direct cost (your tax dollars already covered it).

  3. Risk-free online orders. Trans-actions are made with your library card, not a credit/ debit card.

  4. Ad free, no cost music and movie streaming.

  5. Online language learning program, unique conversation-based method.

  6. No late fees

  7. Education, skills development and humanities opportunities not limited by age, economic, professional, religious status.

8/ Unlimited Wi-Fi (and you don’t even have to buy coffee to use it).

  1. Trusted targeted search engines and knowledgeable reference staff for faster, more reliable research.

  2. Employment resources. Research databases and materials, work experience opportunities, education and certification programs.

Communities need libraries to provide open access to resources that we we need every day. Take advantage of these and more services available to you with your library card.

All branches of the East Bonner County Library District will be closed on Monday, October 12, for Columbus Day.

• Library Board of Trustees meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit www.ebonnerlibrary.org for the meeting link.

• StoryWalk — At Dover City Park enjoy “The Monster’s Monster” by Patrick McDonnell, and “Kitten’s First Full Moon”” by Kevin Henkes at McNearney Park in Ponderay. Titles are updated monthly and posted at facebook.com/BonnerStoryWalk.

Marcy Timblin is in charge of public relations, marketing & community development for the East Bonner County Library District. She can be reached at 208-208- 208-208-263-6930, ext. 1204.