Steal This Idea: Top 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Your Library Offered

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5. Children’s toys and games! Yep, that’s right. The Children’s Services Department offers more than books! You can find everything from dinosaurs and zoo animals to games like Sorry and Life. (And did you know you don’t even have to come in to benefit from our children’s area? You can call up to hear a story read over the phone, or visit the Children’s Department website to explore TumbleBooks, which are online children’s books with audio and pictures.)

4. Your family! This is true in two ways. First, we have something for every age group, ranging from board books for little kids to Bi-Folkal Re-Motivation Kits designed for people who work with seniors. Second, we have a Local & Family History Department that can help you find out more about your family! (If you can’t make it in, you can still find books about the area and family history databases at the Local History website.)

3. Videogaming! SJCPL’s Teen area (found in the Magazines, Newspapers & Fiction Department) works with people from the Sights & Sounds and Publicity Departments to stage gaming tournaments. The last one attracted more than 125 participants from around the Midwest. Come by and see what all the fun’s about!

2. iPods! (And audiobooks to go with them.) You can rent iPods to play your own music and audiobooks…You can rent audiobooks to play on your own iPod…Or you can rent both! (Call the Sights & Sounds Department at 282-4609 to find out more!)