365 Days of Christmas Savings to You from the Fayette County Public Library

Tue, 12/02/2008 - 5:06pm
By: The Citizen

The giving season is here, and the Fayette County Public Library has more gifts for you than will fit into a mere twelve days of Christmas. Look to your library for a bountiful supply of services and programs that help make your life better, easier, more fun, and more affordable all year long.

On the first day of Christmas, sign up for a free PINES library card that is honored in over 275 libraries across Georgia. Check out up to 50 items for two weeks at a time. Choose from over 98,000 items and stuff your stocking with your favorite things to read, hear, and view.

On the second day of Christmas, get your GALILEO password that allows you to access authoritative information that is unavailable through Google and other search engines. Encyclopedia Britannica, thousands of magazines and scholarly journals, and much more are at your fingertips in GALILEO.

On the third day of Christmas, visit the Georgia Download Destination and start downloading over 1,000 free digital audio books in all genres, available 24/7. Downloadable audio books are offered for 7-day checkout, during which time you can listen to them on your computer, transfer them to a compatible portable player, or burn them to CD.

On the fourth day of Christmas, sign up to take free self-paced computer courses in our state-of-the-art Educational Learning Lab. You can take computer-based courses in Window XP, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access with a lab teacher present. Or learn the basics of the Internet and email every Tuesday morning in a classroom setting.

On the fifth day of Christmas, sign up to take free Rosetta Stone language courses in Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish; Beginning Chinese; Beginning and Intermediate Italian; Beginning German; Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced French; and Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced ESL (English as a Second Language).

On the sixth day of Christmas, sign up your Pre-K–8th grade student for our self-paced Academic Enrichment Courses in Math, Science, Reading, Writing and Language Arts.

On the seventh day of Christmas, come hear storytelling for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Use the Early Literacy Station, a self contained system with thirty-four educational software programs and covering seven curricular areas. Enjoy the Interactive Picture Books for Pre-K–4th grade. Stories can play automatically or be read manually, and all books have a multiple-choice quiz. The Science Rocks series teaches all about Earth Science and Barnyard Animals for Pre-K–2nd grade.

On the eighth day of Christmas, enjoy an evening or an afternoon with a bestselling author. Hear from up-and-coming and established writers, ask questions, and get a book signed. Enjoy music, dancing, poetry, and other delights at a cultural arts program for the whole family. Expand your mind at a free film screening.

On the seventh day of Christmas, relax at the library and enjoy browsing over 275 magazines and newspapers. Save money by using the library’s free high-speed Internet access computers, or access the wireless connection with your own laptop.

On the eighth day of Christmas, browse over 5,000 books on tape or CD, hundreds of music CDs and DVDs, and the international language collection of books, audio, and video. Take home some movies, learn a new language, or get acquainted with a new variety of music.

On the ninth day of Christmas, join a book discussion group at the library. Choose between the original evening book group, meeting on the third or fourth Thursday of each month to discuss an eclectic array of fiction and nonfiction, or the new Monday Morning Mystery group, starting up on January 12. Can’t make up your mind? You’re welcome to join both!

On the tenth day of Christmas, sign up to take a free live language class in Spanish, French, Italian, or Polish.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, change your venue: ask a librarian for a suggested reading list of authors. Or try the library’s new online interactive service, BookChemistry – fill out a short questionnaire and receive a list of suggested books to read, personalized just for you.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, check your receipt and see just how much money you saved by using your free public library! Then come back for 353 more days of gifts from the Fayette County Public Library to you.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841 or visit the website at www.fayettecountyga.gov/public_library.

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