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Everyone knows a library card will get you all the books you can dream of, but there’s so much more! Cardholders who take advantage of all the programs, resources, and services available at public libraries can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars each year.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Waukee Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the valuable resources available with a library card, so they can do more of what they enjoy.
The Waukee Public Library serves as a gathering place for the community and is dedicated to promoting the free exchange of ideas and meeting the needs of Waukee’s diverse and growing community. The easiest way to show support for the Library and ensure its continued place in the community is to get a library card!
Still unsure if getting a library card is the right step for you? Here are some of the many things the Waukee Public Library offers:
• Public computers. Whether or not you have a library card, you can use the Library’s computers to search and apply for jobs, communicate with family members from afar, and even play Minecraft with friends! A printer and scanner are available, too.
• Digital content. In addition to physical library books, cardholders get access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, the Washington Post, and movies through Libby, Infobase, Tumblebooks, and other Online Library resources.
• Tickets to Local Attractions. Through Central Iowa’s Adventure Pass, Waukee resident cardholders can access free tickets to local attractions like Blank Park Zoo, the Science Center, and more.
• Adult Learning. Whether you want to learn a new language with Pronunciator, sharpen your business skills with LinkedIn Learning, or try your hand at a new craft with CreativeBug, keep your mind sharp with free online learning platforms.
• Free Homework and Job Assistance. With the help of the Online Library, cardholders can access resources to help with exam preparation, homework, job searches, resume writing, interviewing, and more. HelpNow and LearningExpress both have sections dedicated to learners of all ages and adults who are job searching.
• Programs and Events. Much of the Waukee Public Library’s work in the community is done through programs and events for all ages. A library card isn’t required to attend any of them, and most are free!
• Reserve a Room. As the cost of living increases, free “third spaces” are becoming more and more important. There’s no purchase (and no library card) required to enter the Library. You can even use a study room for free by calling the day of to reserve a room.
• Book Bundles, Clubs, and Kits. Looking for your next favorite book? Want to make some book-loving friends? Interested in hosting your own book club? There’s something for that! The Library’s Book Bundle service is a simple form that’s sent to the librarians to select a stack of books to check out the next time you visit. Book Clubs are great for meeting new people, but if you already have your group — use one of the book discussion kits!
• Mobile App. Special to the Waukee Public Library is their mobile app. This is a one-stop-shop for library needs. You can place items on hold, view hours, check out items while in the library, and more. During the latest update, the Library added personal book lists, a reading tracker, and an upgraded curbside service.
If we continued listing all that libraries offer, we’d be here forever! It’s important to note that everyone is always welcome at the Library whether or not you have a library card. The Library is a space filled with books, worktables, programs, and more waiting for anyone who walks through the doors.
Learn more about the Library and sign up for a card at waukeepubliclibrary.org or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 978-7944.