Library Card Sign-up Month is held in September all across the country to remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all.
Library cards are free and provide residents with an almost unlimited number of books, movies, music, information sources and professional librarians who are there to help individuals find exactly what they need.
"The possibilities for entertainment or personal growth in all areas of life are available to an individual with a library card. There is no limit to what one can learn or research," Sheldon Kaye, the Lee County Library System director, said.
Check out these 50 ways to use the Lee County Library System with a library card:
- Download an e-book from home.
- Not sure how to download an e-book on your new device? The library Web site has tutorials to show you how.
- Use a computer to finish a school project.
- Use free Wi-Fi.
- Learn the secrets of editing digital photos in an online Photoshop class via the library.
- Learn how to edit your family vacation video.
- Pick up a DVD to watch together at home.
- Research and gather authoritative information on health and medical issues from trusted medical journals and medical organizations.
- Take a gardening class.
- Watch a foreign film.
- Download free popular and current music for you devices.
- Obtain demographic data about a target market.
- Take a nutrition or wellness course online via the library.
- Read the daily newspaper for free.
- Spend a rainy day reading magazines at the library or at home with the online magazine software.
- Attend a crafts workshop.
- Attend preschool story hour with your child.
- Ask for a recommended reading list for your children.
- Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
- Build your young reader's self esteem by letting her read to a dog at the library.
- Launch your future: Get free assistance with job searches, resume writing and interviewing tips.
- Use a library computer to apply for a job online or check out materials to help study for a certification exam and take a practice exam online via the library.
- Get help with homework.
- Get ready for the SAT with online test-prep services.
- Explore new opportunities and research technical schools, community colleges and universities.
- Register to vote.
- Book a meeting room for your club or community organization.
- Learn about the history of your family, city or town.
- Get involved - join your library's Friends group or teen advisory board.
- Check out your favorite graphic novel.
- Research before you buy. Access an online consumer guide on the library's Web site.
- Learn how to manage your money at a free financial planning seminar.
- Search out tips for building your retirement nest egg.
- Learn how to write a business plan.
- Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
- Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
- Use style guides to write a bibliography for your new book.
- Learn how to self-publish - and market - your new book.
- Take an online cooking class via the library.
- Learn a new language with books or online language-learning software.
- Broaden your world by checking out cookbooks of foods from other cultures.
- Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.
- See a new art exhibit.
- Find a new hobby.
- Use free online tools to research your family tree.
- Empower yourself through home improvement: Check out a book on learning how to fix that leaky faucet.
- Find a quiet spot, curl up with a good book and enjoy.
- Talk mysteries with people who like mysteries, too, at a library book club.
- Find the best resources on how to preserve that photo of your great grandmother.
- Get Go back in time: Use databases or microfiche to access early newspapers or rent a "classic" movie, like "Back to the Future."
Don't have a Lee County Library System library card?
Getting one is free and easy. Visit: leelibrary.net to apply online, or stop by any branch.
The Lee County Library System issues library cards to individuals for free who can: show proof of residency in Lee County, or are employed in Lee County, or own property or a business in Lee County, or are students in Lee County, or are residents of other Southwest Florida libraries participating in the reciprocal borrowing program.
Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian's signature to receive a library card.
The cards are issued at all locations in the system and can be used at all locations.
Regardless of where books are borrowed, they may be returned at any Lee County Library System location. After hours book drops are provided at most locations.
The Lee County Library System serves Lee County with free books, downloadable e-books, digital content, Books-By-Mail, a bookmobile, e-sources, music and films, programs and meeting space.
Information about the library system is available for your convenience 24/7 at: leelibrary.net where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items.
Telephone reference is available at (239) 479-INFO (4636).