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Want Free Stuff? Get The Card!

Posted over 4 years ago by Heather H

My hope is that most of you who are reading this already own a library card and take advantage of its many benefits – but, for those who don’t, let’s hear it from the experts...

There’s no denying the sage words of Snoopy, Santa Claus, Luci, or Arthur. A library card is a MUST, and its benefits are endless! Use it to:

Let’s start with the most basic benefit – the countless dollars that can be saved when you borrow instead of buy. Books, DVDs, streaming movie services, even bigger expenses like GoPro cameras, tablets for kids, telescopes, and Cricut machines – are all available for FREE with your Library Card.
Find book and movie recommendations on our “Read, Watch, Listen” lists.
Stay current with our New Releases lists.
Use NoveList to find your perfect book.
Peruse our blog to find more great book, music, and movie recommendations.
Stream movies on hoopla or read an eBook on Overdrive.
Find kid-friendly eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming movies on OverDrive Kids.
Watch and listen to animated picture books in 9 categories on BookFLIX.
Borrow one of our Playaway Launchpads (tablets JUST for kids).
Bring them into one of our locations where they can enjoy our Play and Learn Areas while also picking up some materials to take home!
Get access to technology equipment designed to inspire creativity and indulge the tech-lover in you: GoPro camers
3D printers
Laser engravers
Die cutting machines
GarageBand & sound/video recording equipment
Button makers, and more!
Learn computer skills and receive job and resume assistance at the Library.
Improve your trade skills with more than 400 trade and industry periodicals online.
Get Job Search Assistance at the Library to search for jobs, apply online, or update your resume.
Learn more than 100 languages on Transparent Language.
Take ACT / SAT practice tests on Learning Express Library.
Ace your driver’s test by taking 6 Ohio Driver Practice Tests.
Complete 3,000 courses on - Once completed add them to your resume and LinkedIn profile!
Use your card to access the latest health information as well as healthy recipes and streaming exercise videos from:
Online databases such as Consumer Health Complete and Natural Medicine
Exercise videos on hoopla
eMagazines on Flipster - Food & Wine, Cleaning Eating, Cooking Light, Health
eMagazines on RBdigital – Allrecipes, Better Nutrition, Eating Well, Weight Watchers
Stay up-to-date on the latest news throughout the world with access to:
Time magazine
Bloomberg Businessweek

Have I successfully convinced you that you simply must possess a library card, and pronto?! Sign up today and get nearly instant access to our eMedia and online databases. And don’t forget to tell all of your library card-challenged friends and family to...