- Sometimes you never know when you might need a library…What if your power goes out?
What if your cable, furnace or cell phone breaks?
What if you actually can’t afford Netflix anymore but you still want access to thousands of movies?
What if you love reading but can’t afford retail prices ($26 per printed book / $10+ per Ebook)…
What if? What if? What if?
Should any of those modern (albeit temporary) inconveniences assail you, then your Public Library has your back…
But what some of the Millennials generation might not appreciate is that many of the daily users of Public Libraries have no access to the Internet whatsoever.
Studies by the Pew Research Internet Project have proven that the Libraries regular services and resources are vital to low income households in a community, particularly with access to specific technology (be it computers, xerox, faxing or scanning) rated at the highest priority.
Another thing overlooked: more than 60% of Americans are not aware that their Public Library lends out Ebooks! Seroiusly? You think we’re that old fashioned?? Bring your Kindles on in…we’ll download some books for you–free–with your library cards!
Asked by Pew to give the most important services offered by a Public Library – a notable majority listed:
Free access to computers and the Internet
Free access to research-resources (like online databases)
How to use the public computers at FERNDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
1. Access any available computer and press enter (or click the mouse)
2/ Use your Library Card to LOG IN as a “PATRON” -or- You can purchase a “GUEST” pass ($1 / hour)
3. The bardcode on the back of your Library Card is your USER ID #
4. Each card starts with a default PIN # (a secret 4 digit passcode). Inquire at the Circulation Desk for your PIN.
If you are using a Guest Pass, though, we will provide you with a one-day temporary ID / PIN.
When you’re all done with your work (i.e. ready to pick up any printed pages you’ve been working on,) you can access your print-outs at the Reference Desk’s printer station (cost is .10 ¢ / page).
If you need to make any copies or send a fax…