A question posed recently about summer reading programs got me thinking about library love. I had written previously about it on AlaskaPublic.org – A site that serves as a trusted public forum and education source that inspires Alaskans with stories of their time and place, informs them with news , and connects them to a statewide community through shared experiences and interests. I’d kind of like Fort Lee Families to be like that. A trusted online source that inspires families to get out into their local communities and connects them with information and resources that make this duty station a great place to be. Heck, it’s FLF’s mission statement. With that being said, the library is a wonderful place, so why not revisit that previous sentiment for our Fort Lee Families?
Libraries are WONDERFUL, and amazing places that offer programs for wee ones to seniors all under one roof! It’s a great place to find written word on almost every topic you could dream of or be transported to magical far off worlds via imagination. There is a plethora of reasons to visit the library. Here are just a few reasons to love your local library.
1. You can read books FOR FREE! Yes, it may cost you a minimal fee to get your library card for some locations if your not a resident, but it’s still cheaper to borrow books, movies and audio content than to purchase them. Think of it as proofing them. If you enjoy that book or cd so much that it needs to be part of your collection, you can always purchase it later at the store or online. Besides most of the libraries around here have a inter-loan agreements or issue library cards to Tri-City residents for free anyway.
2. You will have access to great materials. More than just books, the library has a plethora of materials for you to explore and use. Book Club Bags, Ready To Read Resource Center not to mention old magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and reference books.
3. Have you seen the price of movies! Redbox may be cheap, but the library is FREE. At most libraries, you can borrow movies and even X-box , Playstation games. Did we also mention that the Appomattox Regional Library System is part of Hoopla and OverDrive? Think of it as digital goodness without ever having to take your wallet out. Hoopla brings you movies, music albums, audiobooks and more, digitally and is made possible by your local library. Again, watch those movies before you decide they need to be added to your home collection.
4. Socialize. The library is great place to meet people who share your passion for books. Join the Teen Club, Lego Club, meet for games, children’s story-times or meet other parent’s just like you!
5. Participate in Library events. The library is more than just a collection of books. Check out your libraries calendar. Attend a lecture, watch a movie with the family, take your younger children to story time and your teen to make movies or play video games. There are so many events and activities at your local library that you might enjoy.
BONUS : At the library there are many cozy corners to enjoy a few moments of peace!
We have even taken some time and linked you to the libraries in our area. Click on any of the link’s below and check out their calendar
Appomattox Regional Library System – Libraries located around the Tri-Cities, Hopewell and Prince George just to name two that are conveniently located for Fort Lee Families. Bring your lease agreement , or a bill that shows proof of residence in Prince George County for a FREE library card.
Chesterfield County Public Library– With locations from Chester to Bon Air , this library system has several annual events like Comic Con and Teen Masquerade. People in the following locations below can still get a card for FREE! If you live outside of Chesterfield County or the below locations , you can still obtain an annual fee card for $28 per year. An annual fee card provides full borrowing privileges.
- Charles City
- Colonial Heights
- King and Queen
- King William
- New Kent
- Prince George
Colonial Heights Library– Bring a photo ID along with verification of residency in Colonial Heights to Utilize this library. Library cards are free to residents of the City of Colonial Heights and also free to residents of Chesterfield County by reciprocal agreement. Library cards are available to non-residents for an annual fee of $25.00.
Petersburg Public Library – A Petersburg Public Library card is free to any person living in, or owning property within, the city limits of Petersburg. Armed services personnel and their dependents, with proof of local residency, may receive a library card at no charge. Residents of Chesterfield County, City of Colonial Heights, and areas served by Appomattox Regional Library System (Dinwiddie, Prince George, Hopewell, and Disputanta), may also receive a Petersburg Public Library card at no charge. STEM-sational Saturdays and Family Science labs are just some of the events that make this library a place to consider visiting for your family.
Richmond Public Library– Eight additional branches located throughout the City to serve residents. Metro area residents are not charged for a Richmond Public Library card. So you must have ID that proves Metro residence for a free card.
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