Back in my old days, going to a public library used to be a big deal. I use to visit a lot of public libraries and mostly the ancient ones because I use to love the smell of their old wooden floors and use to get mesmerized by the stone sculptures on the entrance. Even when a lot of my friends find it funny, I never restrain from emphasizing the importance of free entertainment, education and the sea of knowledge that public libraries have to offer. These days you don’t even have to step into a library to get all of these things. Online libraries might be taking over their outdated fellows but I have compiled a couple of things that the public libraries have to offer for free which the online ones cannot beat.
1- E-book Downloads
In this technology driven world, e-books from Amazon are taking over the paper books really fast. If you are an impatient person like me then e-books are a gift for you as you don’t have to get in line for a paper copy of a book anymore. You can download your favorite book and can read it on your laptop or I-Pad while you’re working, traveling or walking on a beach. E-books are a great source of entertainment while you are doing your daily chores that do not require much attention. They help you pass your time more effectively and you also get a sense of reassurance that you have accomplished something while doing an ordinary chore.
2- Audio Books
If you hate all of the stupid stuff the radios have to offer these days and you like learning more and expanding your knowledge. It is time for you to get introduced to audio books. The next time you jump in your car for a long drive, you should get one of your favorite books in audio, making your journey a delight. There are a lot more to these audio books than just books. There are a variety of audio books that feature language lessons, instructional and motivational speeches, stories and the list goes on.
3- Video Games
A lot of libraries are offering video games on rent so the young generation might develop an interest in them. Some libraries even feature a gaming zone where kids can play networked video games and build friendships.
4- Free Internet
A lot of libraries not only features free WIFI for laptops and other gadgets but they also feature rows of computers that can be used for an hour. These computers come fully equipped with Microsoft office for the people who can turn to a public library in case their computer broke down and they have to complete some emergency work. There are a lot of standing booths in some libraries too that can be used for 20 minutes for using anyone of the famous social networking site or sending a quick email. Besides providing free internet services, some libraries also offer a lot of different computer courses of all levels.