9 New Library Card Perks You Need to Know About

  1. Love podcasts? You’re going to love our new speaker series. Podcast Live! features leading podcasters and innovators behind popular shows like “Radiolab” and “Invisible City.” Learn about and register for upcoming free events on our programs page.

  1. Indigenous Language Revitalization camps are now part of Library programming! In partnership with a local community group, free beginner camps were offered in the fall of 2018, to learn Blackfoot, Cree, and Michif. The Library plans to offer more Indigenous Language programs in 2019.
  1. There’s fun new places just for kids! Our Early Learning Centres are designed to encourage young children to learn through play, and now there are now 12 of these Early Learning Centres
  1. You can now use your Library card to take online music lessons — the same card that also allows you to borrow musical instruments for free. ArtistWorks for Libraries is an eResource full of step-by-step video music lessons with experts. Watch videos on many instruments, including guitar, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, piano and drums.
  1. Can you imagine climbing Mount Everest or scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands? A new virtual reality program lets you do just that. VR Explorers is a program that takes kids ages six to 12 on an immersive virtual reality journey with Google Expeditions. It’s offered at Central Library; find out when on our programs page.

  1. There’s a new way to get your news! Our E-Library, already home to eResources like Newspaper Source Plus and PressReader, now grants access to the New York Times Online. Find all our newsy online resources on this list.
  1. With exciting new residency programs at the Central Library, you can now learn from an artist and historian. Attend talks, events, and workshops, or schedule office hours with our historian in residence and view art by our artist in residence.
  1. You already know you can use Library resources in-person or online … but did you know the Library can also come to you? We have five mobile libraries rolling into our communities. Our Book Trucks and Story Trucks bring the Library to schools, community events, and day homes.
  2. What if the whole city read the same book at the same time? You can participate in One Book, One City as an opportunity to engage and enlighten and to foster a sense of community through reading. This year we are reading:

PLUS your Library card gives you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, free meeting rooms, $5 of free printing each month, hundreds of in-person programs, popular magazines, free music, language learning resources, free films, online courses … the list goes on and on! 

Not yet a Library card member? Sign up online now or visit any Library location to get your free card.

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