Why Should I Get a Library Card During National Library Card Month?

Here are some of the things you can do with an Olean Public Library card:

  1. Download an e-book
  2. Learn about job seeking resources
  3. Pick up a DVD
  4. Hear a local author speak about his/her novel
  5. Book a meeting room for your club or community organization
  6. Attend story hour with your child
  7. Look up health information
  8. Learn about local history
  9. Borrow or download an audiobook
  10. Use the library’s resources to start a small business
  11. See a new art exhibit
  12. Take a computer class
  13. Trace your family tree
  14. Decide what to buy by using a consumer guide
  15. Research legal questions
  16. Learn about your local candidates
  17. Attend a craft workshop
  18. Take out the latest fashion magazine
  19. Ask for book recommendations
  20. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.

52 Ways to Use Your Library Card

One for each week of the year!

  1. Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ your library.
  2. Update your MySpace page.
  3. Research new job opportunities.
  4. Find a list of childcare centers in your area.
  5. Learn about local candidates for office.
  6. Pick up voter registration information.
  7. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
  8. Pick up a DVD.
  9. Get wireless access.
  10. Participate in a community forum.
  11. Find out how to navigate the Internet.
  12. Prepare your resume.
  13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
  14. Get a list of community organizations.
  15. Attend a lecture or workshop.
  16. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
  17. Join a book discussion group.
  18. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
  19. Get homework help.
  20. Look up all kinds of health information.
  21. Research the purchase of a new car.
  22. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
  23. Call the reference desk if you have a question.
  24. Research your term paper.
  25. Learn about the history or your city or town.
  26. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
  27. Check your stock portfolio.
  28. Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.
  29. Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
  30. See a new art exhibit.
  31. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
  32. Find a new recipe.
  33. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
  34. Make photocopies.
  35. Get a book from interlibrary loan.
  36. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
  37. Take a computer class.
  38. Hear a poetry reading.
  39. Take out the latest fashion magazine.
  40. Enjoy a concert.
  41. Trace your family tree.
  42. Check out a special collection of rare books.
  43. Check out a legal question or issue.
  44. Find out how to file a consumer complaint.
  45. Learn about home improvement.
  46. Borrow some sheet music.
  47. Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog.
  48. Find the latest romance paperback.
  49. Pick up tax forms.
  50. Connect with other people in the community.
  51. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.
  52. Read a newspaper from another country.

(from http://www.ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/card/52ways.cfm)