Rows and rows, aisles and aisles of books. Mystery, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, large print, young adult, children’s, multicultural… Not just books but audio books, magazines, DVDs, reference books. It’s a sea of knowledge. The best part? It is a FREE experience. There is something really charming about the whole library process. The smell of the books, the subtle hum of the lights, the feeling of that plastic-y-ness of the book in your hands.
I feel like at least 92% of my childhood was spent in a library (slight exaggeration). My mom would load my brother and me into her ol’ Ford Explorer, and off to the library we went. Whether I was dressed up as Belle for story time or just going to grab some Dr. Seuss books, it was always a fun adventure for us.
A great way to get your kids involved and excited about reading is to check out the Summer Reading Program through the Lubbock libraries. There are free weekly library events associated with both the Teen reading program and the Kids’ reading program. For more information, click here.
A library is one of the only public places left that is not overrun by technology. Yes, they have computers for you to do research on or to look up items in a database, but people don’t have their faces buried in an iPad or screaming into the iPhone planted on their cheek. However, if you are looking for a quiet place to work on a computer they also offer free wireless internet.
Did you know there are FOUR library branches in the city of Lubbock? Each branch has its own charm, and you can check out and return books at any branch with your handy dandy City of Lubbock library card.
Mahon | 1306 9th Street
Godeke | 5034 Frankford Ave
Groves | 5520 19th Street
Patterson | 1836 Parkway Drive
|Mahon||9 – 9||9 – 9||9 – 9||9 – 6||9 – 6||9 – 6||1 – 5|
|Godeke||12 – 9||12 – 9||9 – 6||9 – 6||9 – 6||9 – 6||Closed|
|Groves||12 – 9||12 – 9||9 – 6||9 – 6||9 – 6||9 – 6||Closed|
|Patterson||10 – 7||10 – 7||9 – 9||9 – 6||9 – 6||9 – 6||Closed|
You say you are more of a magazine person? Great! The library offers Zinio Digital Magazines to cardholders. This allows you to view (for free) a variety of great magazines on your mobile device or, even better, your iPad/tablet! Click here for a simple step-by-step guide to get you connected to Zinio. From National Geographic to US Weekly to Readers Digest and practically everything in between — this feature is one of the best perks of being a library cardholder!
Are you a movie buff? Peruse shelves of DVDs ranging from this year’s Oscar buzz movies to the classics such as Alfred Hitchcock films.
New as of May 2015, Freegal Music Service is available to library patrons. Access millions of songs at no cost to you. You can download up to three songs per week. Don’t forget to download the app for your smartphone. Click here to begin!
Another great way to utilize the library is to rent a meeting room for your next study session or project meeting. College students, when the library on campus becomes a little too claustrophobic and chaotic, keep in mind the Lubbock library branches. The fee is $30. For room capacities, click here.
Be sure to download the BookMyne app on your Androids and iPhones – search the library catalog and manage your account right from your mobile device. Lastly, libraries in every city across the nation are so important for children and adults alike. Consider donating books or other gifts so every community in our area can have a library for generations to come.
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