Things You Didn't Know Our Library Offers
By Guest Author Saanvi, fourth grade student at Little River Elementary
Our Sequoyah Regional Library System has extensive collections and beneficial services. With the number of resources it provides, it has a vital impact on our Cherokee community.
Since my first step in the library as a two-year-old, I have been one of the regulars at the Woodstock branch.
Over the years I have explored the books and participated in many of the library’s services.
Over the years our library has expanded, providing not only books, CDs, and other rentals, but also many programs and activities for both kids and adults. Young people and teens can enjoy LEGO building, computer gaming, and other such programs, whereas adults have Sit and Stitch, yoga, and many other activities. Several services are for patrons of all ages, like computer access, free Wi-Fi, internet, games, headphones, a DVD collection, and take-and make activities. Over the Christmas season, I really enjoy story time and The Polar Express movie, and lately the library has offered many virtual events as well.
- EXPERIENCE PASSES
One of the most exciting services offered is experience passes. Library branches offer passes for free admission to local museums, parks, and other cultural institutions. For free admission to the Atlanta Zoo, for example, check out the Zoo Atlanta Library Pass DVD at your local library. When you return the DVD to your library, you receive a receipt that is required for free zoo admission. Similarly you can check out passes for museums, state parks, Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, and other programs.
- BEANSTACK TRACKER
One of my favorite programs it offers is the Beanstack Tracker. You can log your reading, keep track of progress, and look back on books you’ve read. There are also themed reading challenges where you can earn badges and prizes.
- TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
The library also offers valuable services such as printing (wireless and 3D), faxing, and laminating, as well as genealogy and proctoring services at low prices.
- LIBRARY OF THINGS
Another one of my favorites is the Library of Things. It is composed of board games, microscopes, puzzles, sewing machines, musical instruments, and many other items. The collection is available for all ages, as it helps community members learn and engage with others.
- SEED LIBRARIES
The Sequoyah Regional Library System has partnered with Master Gardeners to offer seed libraries to encourage gardening with local plants. Vegetable, herb, and flower seeds are available for free. As part of the program, seeds from successful plants are returned to stock the seed library inventory. Seed saving through programs like this one contribute to local ecosystems and communities.
- BOOK CLUBS
The Youth Book Club, for which I am the brand ambassador, is a new way to get involved with the library programs. We started last year, meeting once a week online. This book club was a way to connect socially. We make friends virtually while expanding our perspectives on several topics by discussing the good books we read.