The popular conception that libraries are simply book repositories has been turned on its head over the years, with libraries expanding to offer a myriad of services and materials for their communities. They lend items like museum passes, games, musical instruments, and tools. Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, and lectures. And library infrastructure advances communities, providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for businesses, job seekers, and entrepreneurs.
The theme of National Library Week 2023—“There’s More to the Story”—explores and celebrates the variety of things offered at local libraries that can help you tell your story to its fullest. Here are a few of our favorites that we’ve found available at libraries of all types across the country.
For the home
Gardening equipment and programs
Projectors and screens for movies
Community-minded programs and services
Local history resources and events
Museum and cultural attraction passes
What’s your favorite non-traditional item or service offered at your library? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know!