One of the articles that recently appeared on our national site, Living On the Cheap, was all about the value associated with your library card. In today’s world where so much of our lives is online, it can be easy to forget the old library buildings. However, libraries around Indianapolis have evolved with the times, and it could be time to dig out that old library card and check it out. The vast majority of the city’s libraries offer FREE Wi-Fi internet connections. If you need to print or copy a document, most libraries offer these services for small fees. Many people don’t think about physically borrowing a paper book when they own Kindles or other e-readers, but most of the area libraries now offer e-books for rental. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, the libraries are awesome locations for events, career services, and other help.
With the sheer variety of events and services at our local libraries, your library card really could be the most valuable card in your wallet. It is impossible to list every individual service for every library in the city, so the following is a listing of the area county libraries. If you follow the links, you can identify the local branches and find far more information about your individual location. To start you off, however, each county listed below will include a sample current or upcoming event:
Indianapolis Public Libraries: Homework Lounges for kids at the Fountain Square location. Held regularly from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., kids can ask for homework help from staff members while working alongside other children in the area.
Johnson County Libraries: International Literacy Month Scavenger Hunt. All through September, you can enter any of the County branches, pick up one of the scavenger hunt forms, and find answers for every question right in the library. Participating will earn you a cool prize.
Hendricks County Libraries: Family Fun at the Avon Branch. From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, you can spend time listening to Blue Grass music and enjoying various interactive demonstrations.
Hancock County Libraries: Advanced Excel workshop at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday September 27 in the Computer Labs of the Central Library. You need to register to participate, but you will learn formatting techniques, how to create charts and pivot tables, and how to use advanced tools.
Boone County Libraries: Are You Financially Fit event held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28 at the Main Library. Christy Wright will be speaking on behalf of Dave Ramsey about subjects including the dangers of debt, reducing risk, prioritizing, and setting goals for your finances.
Hamilton County Libraries: Dr. Aron Kalley will perform a FREE Microtonal Concert at the Fishers Library at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. The concert is performed on piano, experimenting with alternate fingerings and complicated software to take advantage of recent innovations in technology and music.