Libraries are full of valuable resources available to everyone, but are often underutilized or overlooked. I decided to visit my local Seminole County Library branch and learn about the services offered. Here are five, to name a few!
1. Enjoy a growing collection of eBooks and audiobooks when you download the Libby App.
I'm an audiobook fan myself and have often looked to free trials of Audible.com to get my fix every now and then, but you can access thousands of titles for free on the library's mobile app.
2. Attend a small business workshop and learn how to be your own boss.
Not everyone has access to a four-year degree or inherent knowledge about entrepreneurship, taxes, etc.. If you're a small business owner and want to make sure you start off on the right foot or want to improve what you've already been building, check out one the free workshops and network with other entrepreneurs to put yourself in the right direction.
3. Drop in a program and learn about plants, genealogy, and even how to become a citizen.
Writers—You can participate in in-group writing exercises, share written work and receive feedback on every third Thursday. Crafters—Attend the Sewing 101 or Intermediate Sewing series to expand your skillset. The possibilities are endless with a full calendar of creative, informational events on seminolelibrary.org.
4. Access Lynda.com online learning and tutorial videos about software, technology, and creative skills.
Technology is constantly changing and sometimes your industry requires you to use a certain software that you may not be familiar with. If you haven't heard of Lynda.com yet, you need to get acquainted. You can learn just about anything with a click of a button. Even if you're not accessing Lynda.com from the physical library, you can login using your library card number from the comfort of your home, or anywhere really.
5. 3D print your own unique designs.
So, this is the coolest thing. You can design 3D models and watch the printer do its magic onsite. The library provides a list of programs and sites that you can use to find and create your own models and then you simply upload your file to be printed. It takes about two weeks to have the finished product in hand and most designs will cost between $1-5. Try it yourself!
Seminole County Public Library System - Central Branch
215 N. Oxford Road, Casselberry, FL 32707
Tina Fleming is a partner at Townie Tourist and an Orlando-based travel and lifestyle blogger at Tina In The Sun. She's a cat mom, self-proclaimed foodie, and moonlight singer in an a cappella group called Geekapella.