February 12, 2011

Library Love (8)

I noticed that when I talk about libraries with friends and family members, they often say, "I didn't know libraries offered that!" Library Love is a feature in which I share many different reasons for people to use and love their local library. Some things I mention may be obvious to those of you who routinely use your public library, but others may be new to you. Either way I hope that this feature inspires you to visit and support your local library! 

8. Borrow videos for education or entertainment. 

Do you want to learn something new about a topic you're interested in? Check your library's catalog for a documentary on that topic. Do you need to review for the GED exam, but all of the review books are checked out? Ask if your library has any GED review videos. Maybe you want to learn a new language or finally learn how to play guitar. Chances are you will find an instructional video at the library that can help you learn a new skill!

Are you a teacher who needs an educational video for your students? When I taught English and Spanish, I often borrowed videos from the local public library to show in class to supplement my lessons. My English students enjoyed watching the film versions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Separate Peace, and Romeo and Juliet. My Spanish students were able to "travel" to foreign countries and see culture in action through videos.  DVDs for the classroom can be pricey, but don't forget that you can always check to see if your local library has a copy of what you need! 

Let's not forget the entertainment options that you can find at your library. From film classics to Disney favorites to popular new releases, libraries offer many movies for your entertainment. Often these movies are free to check out, but some libraries do charge a small fee for entertainment movies. (Be sure to check your local policy so that you are not surprised at the checkout counter! For example, my library offers free educational videos but entertainment videos cost $1 to checkout.) 

At most libraries you can find VHS tapes and DVDs. Some libraries are even offering downloadable videos that you can access from the comfort of your home. (See Indiana Digital Media for an example.) 

What movie or video have you checked out from your library recently?


Chic Fit Geek said...

We watched the entire first season of The Tudors from the library :)

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