Business Spotlight: Your Local Library

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Every Monday we showcase a business that we think exemplifies outstanding customer service and business acumen. For today’s spotlight we take a leave from our norm and are focusing on an excellent non-profit: Your Local Library. Libraries are doing more, providing more resources than ever, and continually have their budgets cut. Therefore they are doing more on a tighter budget. What they accomplish daily is nothing short of a miracle.

During harsh economic times, it’s always a good idea to check locally for free resources and events. In times of recession, people take advantage of free services, and going to the library is among the most popular.

“Whenever you have tough economic times, public libraries are a place people go because they have no other alternatives or because they know they are going to get the kind of powerful information that will make a difference in their lives,” said Kristin McDonough, director of the Science, Industry and Business Library in New York City.

When was the last time you visited your library?

Did you know, with your free library card you can:

  • Check out some amazing art (for the next two months the Portland Public Library will host “Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons” in the Lewis Gallery – September 6th-October 25th!)
  • Learn more about local authors
  • Use a free computer to apply for a job or fill out your taxes
  • Check out the latest DVD’s (I brought home Lincoln on Saturday)
  • Join a knitting group
  • Listen to every CD by Beck
  • Borrow and learn to play the Ukelele
  • Learn a new language
  • Read until your hearts content
  • Get tutored for a class or in a new language
  • Take free classes
  • Join a book club
  • Meet your favorite author
  • Learn about Maine’s prehistoric cultures and archaeological digs from Dave Backman of The Maine Archaeological Society
  • Use the library’s online service
  • Have an air-conditioned place to hang out during the hot summer months, and most libraries have free wi-fi
  • Take in a movie
  • Hold your next meeting in one of the meeting rooms, usually free or for a nominal fee
  • Download audio or e-books right to your personal device
  • Learn some historical anecdotes and see if your library has an archives room
  • Some libraries even loan out people!

This is not an exhaustive list. I could continue on for days! The point is, you have all the resources you could ever need in your own community. To see what your library offers, call or visit today.

Do you remember that line from Good Will Hunting. Will was arguing with the guy from Harvard how he could have had the same education with a few dollars in fines from the public library. I love that line.

Be sure to check with your local library today!

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