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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Learn More about Your Library Card Benefits with Library University

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September is Library Card Sign Up Month, and as a reminder of the awesome power and benefits of having a simple plastic library card, Rock Island Public Library will offer free “library university” online courses all this month.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month, when libraries everywhere remind residents about the awesome benefits of a simple plastic library card. You can get schooled on how to get more about of your Rock Island Public Library with free “library university” online courses all this month.   

The four Library University sessions are offered at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays via the Zoom meeting platform. Each week offers a new look at amazing things patrons can access with their free RIPL card.  Topics include: 

  • September 7: eBooks/Audiobooks, Magazines and More: Attendees will learn how to access the library’s wide selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines using the Libby by Overdrive App, the Hoopla App, and the Axis 260 app. 
  • September 14: Reading challenges with Beanstack: Attendees will learn how to easily keep track their reading, meet personal reading goals, and participate in library reading challenges with the Beanstack website or app. 
  • September 21: What Should I Read Next? Reader Advisory Tips: If you’ve ever wondered how to find your next great read, this course is for you. Attendees will gain tips and tricks on finding new books and authors. Participants will learn about NovelistPlus, GoodReads, Fantastic Fiction and other great tools and websites to find books you will love.
  • September 28: Streaming movies, music, and more. Maybe you already knew that libraries offer DVDs, but did you know that can also save money on streaming fees with your library card? Attendees will learn how to stream thousands of movies and songs at no added cost to them with the library’s Hoopla, Kanopy, and Freegal apps. 

To register and get the Zoom participation link, visit the course entry on the library calendar, or call 309-732-7341 during library hours. 

Courses are designed for adult attendees with general knowledge on using computers and smart devices. Access to Rock Island Public Library subscription services is available only to holders of a Rock Island Public Library card. Digital collections cannot be shared with cardholders of other libraries. 

For more library events, or to apply for a library card, visit the library website, or call 309-732-READ. Follow the Rock Island Library on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for more news about library services and happenings. 

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