All about our local libraries - and there is a lot!

Books, story time, crafts oh my!

By Angela Earley, publisher February 22, 2020
When you think about the library, you probably think about borrowing books or doing research for a school paper or project. Did you know that libraries are more then the dewy decimal system and books? I had no idea all that libraries offered until becoming a mom almost 5 years ago. While these are things that you can do at the library, there is so much more that you can get from your local library.

Here are a few “outside the books” things that you can do at your local library:

Ages. There are so many things to do not only for babies and toddlers, but there are also tons of activities for tween and teens.

Check out an e-book. Reading books on a Nook or Kindle has become very popular recently. And if you don't have an e-reader, the library may have them available to loan out.

Utilize a database. Many libraries have a variety or databases available for research on topics such as genealogy, finance, history, authors, legal information, careers, languages and more. Some may also have a database available for taking practice tests. If you are preparing for an academic test, career advancement, or to get into college or grad school, this database may help you figure out which areas you need improvement or to just get over those test taking jitters by helping you practice.

“Rent” a DVD for FREE. Most libraries have a collection of DVDs and CDs available to borrow. So before spending money to stream, download or purchase, visit the library and borrow a variety of movies from Disney titles to the hottest new release of the summer. They may not have every movie you are looking for but you might just find a movie you forgot you wanted to see or a movie you remember watching as a child and are now excited to share with your little one.

Hang out in the kids’ section. In addition to children's books, many libraries have play areas, computers to play games, story times and other weekly or monthly programs. The programs are typically free and are great for when you want to get the kids out of the house but don't want to spend a fortune at the movies or on a class.

Access to Museum passes. With most of our local libraries you can reserve free tickets to local spots. 

Check with your librarian about these library options and others that may be available and put that library card to good use for you and your family! 

Click the name of the library system to be connected directly to it.

Mercer County Library System Main Page

Lawrence Headquarters 

Hickory Corner Branch 

Hopewell Branch

Robbinsville Branch

Twin Rivers Branch

West Windsor Branch

Virtual Branch

I hope this guide helps navigate our very large library system. 

As always, thank you for your continued support,

Angela Earley, Publisher

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