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One Hundred Ways to Use Your Library


Posted By:  Dana OConnell
Date Posted:  10/7/2020

Discover new ways to use the library as we continue Deschutes Public Library’s centennial celebration by sharing 100+ ideas to get the most out of your library card. Follow along each week as we spotlight unconventional ideas and creative ways you may not have thought of to use your library. Watch the list grow each week as we highlight resources, services, events, contests, programs and more available for kids, teens and adults in Deschutes County.
 

           Week 1: October 7, 2020

  1. Start reading with friends by reserving a Book Club Kit with over 270 titles available
  2. Watch A Novel Idea author presentations online dating back to 2005
  3. Pick up a voter registration form (you have until October 13 to register in Oregon)
  4. Go on amazing adventures in science, nature, cultures and space with National Geographics Kids
  5. Teen writers: submit your work by October 9 for a chance to get published in the Undefined Teen Magazine
  6. Discover new music releases through Hoopla
  7. Decorate a pumpkin for our fourth annual contest for a chance to win great prizes

    Week 2: October 14, 2020
     
  8. Browse international cookbooks and try something exotic for dinner
  9. Register for a free 30-minute consultation with local lawyers (Spanish interpretation available)
  10. Suggest a purchase to help expand your Library’s collection
  11. Pick up an “I <3 My Library” sticker at any branch and stick it to a notebook
  12. Borrow a new graphic novel from your library to spark a conversation
  13. Take a fall foliage StoryWalk® with the family at any of our six library locations
  14. Check out a Curriculum Crate for at-home activities and student group learning pods
  15. Download the Libby app for simultaneous audiobooks and e-books

    Week 3: October 21, 2020
     
  16. Cast your vote to help decide the winner of the fourth annual pumpkin decorating contest
  17. Read the latest comic books through Hoopla (fun for any age)
  18. Help your child apply for their very own library card online
  19. Jump-start your job search online with a wealth of resources available from your library
  20. Feeling nostalgic? Browse physical CDs from your library (we have books on CD too)
  21. Research your genealogy with Ancestry library edition and other amazing resources
  22. Hear from award-winning illustrator Zeke Peña during a live Zoom event (Oct 22 at 1:00pm)
  23. Watch scary (or not so scary) movies with Kanopy streaming services


    Week 4: October 27, 2020

  24. Turn off the lights and listen to scary stories
  25. Learn to publish and sell an e-book using Gale Courses
  26. Need to send a fax? We can help with that
  27. Drop off your ballot near one of our three library locations (Redmond, Sunriver, and La Pine)
  28. Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter for online events, programs, and news
  29. Host a family game night by checking out a board game
  30. Use the Book-a-Librarian service to get help with research and technical questions

    Week 5: November 4, 2020
     
  31. Make a date with our events guide for great programs and online offerings
  32. Want more story time? Check out our YouTube playlist or TumbleBooks
  33. Go green by taking your reusable library tote to the grocery store (pick one up at any library location)
  34. Register for a free 30-minute consultation with local lawyers
  35. Become a library superstar and tag a photo of us on Facebook or Instagram
  36. Pick up dot journaling and get organized using Lynda.com for free courses
  37. Author! Author! is taking on a new online format. Grab your tickets today
  38. Pick up a weekly Grab-n-Go activity kit for children


    Week 6: November 11, 2020

  39. Figure out which new appliance will be best for you with our Consumer Tools
  40. Download the DPL mobile app for books (and your library card) on the go. Find it in the app store
  41. Snag a library bookmark from any library branch to save your page
  42. Parlez-vous Français? Start a conversation group with friends by working through Mango Languages
  43. Have a movie marathon weekend by checking out physical DVDs
  44.  We have some of the fastest WiFi in Deschutes County. Come in and test out the connection
  45. Do you love young adult novels? We have new e-books for teens through Overdrive/Libby

    Week 7: November 18, 2020
     
  46. My Reads: tell us what you enjoy reading and we’ll send you a list of suggested books
  47. Brush up on your U.S. Citizenship knowledge with this take-home toolkit
  48. All about dinosaurs! Find books for kids and adults
  49. Improve your writing skills by attending a Write Here workshop
  50. Set up text notification for your library holds and due dates
  51. See the library’s vision process and conceptual design for a new Central Library
  52. Use our copier for free at all library branches
  53. Suggest a topic or presenter for an upcoming library program

    Week 8: November 25, 2020
     
  54. Check out The New Yorker (or Rolling Stone, or Good Housekeeping, or National Geographic) via RBDigital
  55. Ready, set, bake! Make something yummy for the holidays with our staff-created list
  56. Learn (or relearn) the hustle with our online programs and video tutorials
  57. Meet new friends and read new books when you join a virtual Library Book Club
  58. Printer on the fritz? Try mobile printing for free at any location
  59. Go on the Festival of Trees tour (virtual or in-person) featuring our Redmond Library location
  60. Watch thousands of award-winning arts & crafts classes with your free Creativebug account
  61. Put together your own list of favorite books or movies to share in our online catalog

 

About Deschutes Public Library’s Century of Service

In 1916, voters established Deschutes County in a break from Crook County and Prineville to better control their own destinies. Among the accomplishments of the young county was the foundation of the Deschutes County Library system in January 1920, with 3,488 books in circulation and 1,252 cardholders by the end of that first year. The Central Oregon community grew by leaps and bounds in the 100 years since, and so have we. Now, with hundreds of thousands of items in circulation and nearly 90,000 library card holders, we reach people where they are, whether it’s in one of our six locations, online or through community outreach.

Page Last Modified Thursday, July 30, 2020


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