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I wish more libraries had a coffee shop like Barnes and Noble. Some do, but leasing out some space to a private coffee shop would be really cool. I love reading at Starbucks anyway; put one (or any coffee shop, including mom and pop) at a library and I'm there.

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I go to the library weekly. They have an incredible amount of awesome free services. One, you can get personal tax accounting help and really any other type of help that isn't straight forward. 

 

Also, storytime and general events and activities if you have children. Really, the same services as a Gymboree Play but for free.

 

For adults, you have access to 3D printing workshops. Also, in addition to borrowing books and movies, you can also borrow tools, board games, toys, etc etc.

 

edit: not to mention, after school homework help. Really beneficial to low income areas.

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On 7/24/2018 at 1:36 PM, Chris- said:

I don't visit the local libraries very often (parking in gentrifying neighborhoods is a pain in the ass), but they are incredibly dope. I'm all about public libraries.


Very happy to say I now live *in* a gentrifying neighborhood so I’m only a block away from my local library. 

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5 minutes ago, Fizzzzle said:

Libby? You can use libraries for your kindle?

Yep. There is an app called Libby (overdrive.com is the website) that lets you borrow ebooks and send them to your Kindle devices. You just need a library card to sign up. There is also Kanopy.com that’s a good little streaming source for indie, foreign films and documentaries. Hoopla is another service that offers ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and movies. Their collection isn’t always the most exciting, but sometimes you can find some gems. 

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10 minutes ago, TheLeon said:

Yep. There is an app called Libby (overdrive.com is the website) that lets you borrow ebooks and send them to your Kindle devices. You just need a library card to sign up. There is also Kanopy.com that’s a good little streaming source for indie, foreign films and documentaries. Hoopla is another service that offers ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and movies. Their collection isn’t always the most exciting, but sometimes you can find some gems. 

Aw, man. There was one book I was looking for but it says there's a 9 week wait.:(

 

It's only like $12 on amazon, so whatever.

 

You also ever get that problem where you try to remember a book that you read a long time ago, but you can't remember what it was called? There's one in particular that I read like 15 or 16 years ago that was a historical fiction based in Oregon history. It's really obscure, and finding anyone who even knows what the fuck I'm talking about is hard. I can't fucking remember the name of it, or the names of any of the characters.

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13 minutes ago, Fizzzzle said:

Aw, man. There was one book I was looking for but it says there's a 9 week wait.:(

 

It's only like $12 on amazon, so whatever.

 

You also ever get that problem where you try to remember a book that you read a long time ago, but you can't remember what it was called? There's one in particular that I read like 15 or 16 years ago that was a historical fiction based in Oregon history. It's really obscure, and finding anyone who even knows what the fuck I'm talking about is hard. I can't fucking remember the name of it, or the names of any of the characters.

Yeah, that’s the tricky part. Just like with the actual library, sometimes you’ve gotta be patient. It’s understandable with new, in-demand books, but sometimes I’ll try to get some smaller book from 20 years ago, and there’s 5 holds on the one “copy” available. But it’s free, and sadly I’m too cheap to spend much money on books. Partly because there are these free options, and partly because I have terrible reading habits and will often abandon a book 5 chapters in, even if I was enjoying it. 
 

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5 hours ago, gamer.tv said:

I should really make use of my library more, though give it two or three years, I’ll be taking my daughter there weekly.

 

I might start to use it as a work space as it’s quiet…

With my 2 year old, we use the library for all of her books. We typically find a series she likes and rent the whole series out until she is bored of it.  Duck & Goose is her current jam. 

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