What's at the Library? - Programs

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Fun programs can always be found at your local library. Charlottesville’s Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Virginia offers a weekly program called Storytime Stew for kids ages five and under where stories, rhymes, songs and fun abound. Other libraries may offer programs like Chess Club or dance classes. Find out what fun programs, such as a family or teen game night, are available by visiting a library near you.

Book Clubs

Book clubs can offer insight and education. Reading is not only a way to expand and grow but can also ease a sense of isolation. Every second Thursday of the month, the Point Pleasant Library in New Jersey hosts a Gay and Lesbian Book Club to discuss new topics and titles. Local Hispanic communities and book clubs can take advantage of California State University’s San Marcos Kellogg Library’s wonderful database of recommended titles in Spanish. The library makes it easy to search by author, title, publisher or grade and age.

Tech Help

Technology is a rapidly changing and expanding part of our society and daily life. Some people may have a hard time keeping up. That’s why help is available at libraries such as the Monroe County Library in Rochester, New York, which offers a slew of technology classes for seniors. California’s Benicia Public offers regular adult computer and Internet workshops to learn about topics like Power Typing, Introduction to Word Processing and Introduction to the Internet. Visit your local library, call or log on to its Web site, and ask what kind of technology assistance or classes it may offer.

Homework Help

Why do they call it homework when you can do it at the library? Many libraries offer homework resources and programs. New York’s Long Beach Public Library offers Live Homework Help, where tutors are available online seven days a week to assist students with subjects ranging from math and science to social studies and English composition.

Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week, a special program that happens once a year at local libraries, is a fun way for teenagers to get digital experience through their library. The event offers teenagers the opportunity to gain experience with digital devices like mp3 players, gaming controllers and DVD players. During the week, teenagers are also encouraged to create and share their own music, art and designs.

National Library Week

National Library Week is a celebration dedicated to helping community members get in touch with their libraries—at school, at work or in the neighborhood. During the week, special events are offered at libraries. This year’s theme is “Communities Matter @ your library.”

Special Events

Any number of special events could be going on at a library near you, from programs that celebrate the importance of children’s literacy across all ethnic backgrounds to those that celebrate women’s history. Visit your local library to find out how you can get involved in special programs or events.