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It's not your grandparents' library

Published May 27, 2007


Reading taunts the imagination to create worlds that exist only in our minds. It also toils to define the intricacies of this planet we live on.

Libraries create a portal of information. The ever changing multimedia culture thrives in the library system. Libraries are no longer quiet caverns with bespectacled librarians guarding their volumes.

School's out and parents are scrambling to occupy their children in creative, cost effective ways. Local libraries offer programs and services for residents, and in most cases, just for the price of a library card, which is free in most cities in Pinellas County.

A variety of classes, clubs and special programs are ongoing throughout the year. Many libraries offer weekly or monthly family movie programs and almost all branches hold story times for toddlers, preschool and families and summer reading clubs. Book discussion groups, computer classes, crafts clubs and Teen Scene programs vary with each library.

There's no need to leave home to utilize some of the services. With a computer and library card a wealth of information is at your fingertips.

MyLibraryDV is a unique video-on-demand service offered through the library system. Hundreds of hours of DVD-quality television programming on cooking, travel, collectibles, classic and independent films and more are available to view on a computer. Digital versions of best sellers, book club favorites, award-winning authors and more are found in audiobooks and can be downloaded to a computer or portable listening device.

Visit the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Web site at Or visit your local library for the monthly newsletter. For other questions, call 441-8408.

If you go

Library activities

A few of this week's programs:

Investors' Discussion Group: 2:30 p.m. every Thursday, Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Call 391-2828

Teen Chess Club: 3:30-5 p.m. every Thursday, Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. Call 541-0718.

Florida Library Youth Program Kickoff: With the Tricky Dog Show featuring Rick Martin and furry friends, 2 p.m. Saturday, St. Petersburg Main Library.

Craft Club: Saturday (first Saturday of the month) 2 p.m., South Branch Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive S, St. Petersburg. Call 893-7244.

[Last modified May 26, 2007, 18:50:50]

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