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09.04.08

Worlds Connect @ Your Library

In today’s economy, what’s the one place you can go to get help with a resume, learn new job skills, connect to the Internet or just curl up with your favorite book – all for free?  You can do all of that and more @ your library.  Celebrate National Library Week, April 12-18, and see how worlds connect @ your library.

Libraries have more to offer than many people realize.  Find out what Tazewell County Public Library provides by taking a personal guided tour during National Library Week, April 13-17. Call to reserve your time slot at the main library in Tazewell (988-2541), at the Bluefield Branch (326-1577) or the Richlands Branch (964-5282).  Tours are available for individuals or small groups.

What do you think of first when you think of a library?  Books, probably.  Fiction, nonfiction.  Do you know that the Library offers special collections for young adults, or for readers who need large print, or for those who need health information?  The Virginia Room at the main library focuses on local and regional history and genealogy.  If we do not own the book you need for your research, we can try to borrow it from another library through the Interlibrary Loan service.

Libraries are more than books today.  We lend movies.  Lend, not rent.  Movies are available in DVD, and we still have them in VHS, too.  Did we say lend, as in FREE?

We lend audiobooks, also.  Today, listeners on the go can download audiobooks to MP3 players and listen while exercising, running errands, or traveling.  Audiobooks also come in PLAYAWAY format, a self-contained player and book.  We also have books on CD and books on tape.

For readers who enjoy discussing books with other readers, we host book discussion groups, currently in Richlands and Tazewell.  Anyone is welcome to participate.

Parents and teachers will find themed kits, boxes, and bags created to teach SOL learning objectives.

Children can attend storytime and after school programs that encourage a love of reading and learning in a creative environment.  They can explore a large variety of colorful computer games on the new Early Learning Stations.  Learning games are available in both English and Spanish.

Libraries are gateways to quality information in electronic form.  Information for school and college assignments, as well as consumer and general interests, is available through Find It Virginia and Britannica Online.

Learn-A-Test is a valuable tool for anyone preparing to take the GED, SAT, GRE, civil service or professional exams.

NoveList helps identify good books to read, provides information about favorite authors, and helps track down that book you read years ago and would like to find and read again.

Tumblebooks will read aloud to your child in English or in Spanish while she views book illustrations and text on the screen.

Each TCPL location also offers wi-fi for laptop access to the Internet.

Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities. At our library, people of all backgrounds come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job or to find homework help.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. 

For more information, visit the library in person or online at www.tcplweb.org.  Schedule your own personal tour today!

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Online collection of animated, talking picture books to encourage reading in children.

 


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