Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, June 16, 2019.
It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for. The sun is shining, gardens are growing, school is out, vacations are planned, and summer is right around the corner.
Libraries play an important role in the summertime by picking up the torch laid down by our local schools, in order to prevent the learning loss known as “summer slide.” We offer our highly popular Bookworm summer reading program for all ages, which features reading challenges as well as lots of fun family-friendly programming.
In addition to serving as a source for learning and information, the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library also offers several services that can enrich your summer plans by bringing an element of fun and enjoyment to your picnic table. Of course, you’re always welcome to check out a bevy of books to take on your adventures, but we also have many digital resources that can come in handy. All of the resources listed below can be accessed with a CRCPL library card. Stop by your local library or visit www.crcpl.org/about/get-a-library-card to get one.
Are you visiting the beach this year? If so, load up your digital device with eBooks and audiobooks from hoopla and the Ohio Digital Library (via the Libby app). What is nicer than enjoying a good book on the beach? With hoopla, you can skip the waitlist, as content is available immediately.
Let’s say you’re going camping this summer, but it’s raining all day! While it is definitely preferred to leave your devices at home when enjoying nature, this might be something a little digital planning might mitigate. Download hoopla or Acorn TV on a device and bring it with you – just in case. Many cabins provide WiFi service, and hoopla materials can be downloaded and accessed offline at any time. If your plans are rained out, enjoy a lazy day at the cabin watching movies from hoopla or critically-acclaimed British television with Acorn TV.
Going on a road trip? Use Freegal to download music to create a rocking playlist for the drive. With Freegal, you can download three songs per week that you get to keep. Once you download the songs, they remain on your device and do not have to be “returned.” You might also consider using the Ohio Digital Library or hoopla to secure audio books for a long trip. Full music albums are also available on hoopla.
Are you lucky enough to travel abroad this summer? Brush up on your foreign language skills with Transparent Language Online. Transparent is a top language-learning program for self-directed learners, and it offers instruction in over 100 languages.
Is your summer dedicated to 4-H? For kids with sewing projects, Creativebug is a great resource with arts, crafts, and sewing tutorials, and downloadable patterns. Through the Ohio Web Library, we also provide access to the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center, which can be beneficial to 4-Hers with projects related to collecting, home and garden, model building, outdoor recreation, science and technology, and more.
If internet access is a problem for you, CRCPL also lends WiFi hotspots. These devices, which run off of Sprint’s cellular network and provide internet for up to 10 devices at a time, can come in handy if you have a fair booth or camp site and need internet access, or just for a long car trip with the kids. There is often a waitlist, so call the library today if you’d like to place a hold on a hotspot.
Learn about all of the digital resources available with a CRCPL library card at www.crcpl.org/online-resources. If you’d like to learn how to use any of the resources, contact us for a free, one-on-one technology training session by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 740-702-4145.