ALA 52 things and a few more

New from ALA 52 things to do with your library card and additions

  1. Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ your library.
  2. Update your MySpace page. – really how quaint
  3. Research new job opportunities.
  4. Find a list of childcare centers in your area.
  5. Learn about local candidates for office.
  6. Pick up voter registration information.
  7. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
  8. Pick up a DVD.
  9. Get wireless access.
  10. Participate in a community forum.
  11. Find out how to navigate the Internet.
  12. Prepare your resume.
  13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
  14. Get a list of community organizations.
  15. Attend a lecture or workshop.
  16. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
  17. Join a book discussion group.
  18. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
  19. Get homework help.
  20. Look up all kinds of health information.
  21. Research the purchase of a new car.
  22. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
  23. Call the reference desk if you have a question.
  24. Research your term paper.
  25. Learn about the history or your city or town.
  26. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
  27. Check your stock portfolio.
  28. Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.
  29. Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
  30. See a new art exhibit.
  31. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
  32. Find a new recipe.
  33. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
  34. Make photocopies.
  35. Get a book from interlibrary loan.
  36. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
  37. Take a computer class.
  38. Hear a poetry reading.
  39. Take out the latest fashion magazine.
  40. Enjoy a concert.
  41. Trace your family tree.
  42. Check out a special collection of rare books.
  43. Check out a legal question or issue.
  44. Find out how to file a consumer complaint.
  45. Learn about home improvement.
  46. Borrow some sheet music.
  47. Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog.
  48. Find the latest romance paperback.
  49. Pick up tax forms.
  50. Connect with other people in the community.
  51. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.
  52. Read a newspaper from another country.
  53. Plot a revolution
  54. Add to the library by writing a book so you can see it on the library’s catalogue/shelves
  55. Campaign to support your library against cuts and to improve services
  56. Provide advice to librarians on how to improve services
  57. Continue to wonder why librarians are so sexy and yet to you unavailable
  58. Start a library mash-up group utilising local information to create new apps and tools for your community
  59. Hold a library sleepover party
  60. With your library start a local Flickr group for preserving your community’s photographic history
  61. Start a list with the help of your librarian and their system to track what books you’ve read and be surprised at the end of the year by the amount
  62. Borrow an e-book reader and some e-books to go with it
  63. Join FOLA (if in Australia)
  64. Post a book review on your library’s blog

 

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