Take-Home Tech, Coding Classes, 3-D Printing and 10 More Things You Don’t Know about Your Public Library

Thursday, April 06, 2017

​If you think libraries are buildings full of books, you're missing part of the story. At Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL), along with books, you can borrow Roku Streaming Sticks, pre-loaded with content to enjoy at home. You can find computer coding classes for children and adults, and you can reserve a 3-D printer to print your own creation. All for free. Other things you might not know:

  1. You can download and stream media from VBPL's digital library, including music, comic books, magazines, video, e-books and audiobooks.
  2. Enjoy access to Lynda.com, an online platform for learning business, software, technology and creative skills.
  3. Beach residents who are at least 20 years old may complete their high school diplomas through an online program at VBPL.
  4. Adults who are at least 21 years old may join one of VBPL's "Books on Tap" groups that meet monthly at Virginia Beach's Commonwealth and Wasserhund brewing companies.
  5. VBPL facilitates a weekly after-school club at Green Run High School, bringing tablets and app-controlled Sphero Robotic Balls that help teens learn coding skills.
  6. You can reserve a one-on-one session with a career coach to review your resume and help with your job search.
  7. You can make an appointment with a notary public to notarize important documents.
  8. VBPL doubles your tax investment, according to a February 2017 report by a City of Virginia Beach data analyst. VBPL's budget is $17.8 million, less than one percent (.6674%) of the City's overall budget. The study found VBPL services provide a conservative, estimated value of $35.6 million to residents.
  9. You will find things in the library that don't align with your views. VBPL has thousands of materials for all ages, stages, tastes and topics. Libraries passionately defend your Constitutional freedom to read, watch and listen to what you like — and ensure that others may do the same. Libraries are for everyone.
  10. Libraries are champions of information literacy. Staff at VBPL can help you find, evaluate and use information, identify credible sources and navigate new ways of accessing information. Avoid alternative facts and fake news. Information literacy is crucial for our democratic society. (And so are libraries).

National Library Week is April 9 to 15, 2017. If you haven't been making the most of your free access to information, technology and other resources at Virginia Beach Public Library, now's a great time to start. Library cards are free to Virginia Beach residents. All you need is proof of your Virginia Beach address and a photo ID.

About Virginia Beach Public Library
A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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