Here at the Waukegan Library, we treat every week like it’s National Library Week, but this week in particular is when libraries across the country come together to celebrate their successes, talk about their challenges, and work towards making an even bigger impact in their communities. At WPL, we offer tons of services that many people are not aware of. For example, did you know you can register to vote at the library? Scan a document to an email address? Get a document notarized for free?
Of course, we also offer many book-related services as well, but a lot of these go unnoticed as well, which is a shame because the public library is really the ultimate community book resource. Not only can you try new books for free, but you have a team of librarians and fellow book lovers just itching to match you with the perfect book. I’ll be highlighting some of our awesome bookish resources throughout the week, but just to start off, here are a few services that we offer here at the library:
Book suggestions! Many people think that asking a librarian to help them find something good to read is just a waste of that librarian’s time, but nothing could be further from the truth. We love to talk to people about what they read and what they’re looking to read next, so please feel free to bring your questions to us!
Online recommendation form. One of our brand new website features is an online form called Your Next Read, where readers can answer questions about their reading preferences and receive a personalized reading list in return. Currently, the form is geared towards adult and young adult readers, and we have options for both fiction and nonfiction. We’re still tinkering with the visual formatting, so don’t be alarmed if the form looks strange when you fill it out! We’ll still be able to read your submission, and you’ll receive a nicely formatted list from us. You can find the Your Next Read link under the Reader’s Corner tab on the library’s website, or just visit https://www.waukeganpl.org/books/your-next-read/ You do not have to have a Waukegan Library card to submit a reading request, but we do give priority to requests made by WPL cardholders.
eBooks and other downloadable titles. We offer access to downloadable books, audio books, magazines, and graphic novels, all of which can be checked out and downloaded for free! Check out our blog post “The Library On Your Phone: There’s an App for That!” for clickable links to some of our most popular online resources, or visit our eBooks page at https://www.waukeganpl.org/eresources/ebooks/ for step-by-step instructions.
Keep checking back this week for more bookish resources. Happy reading
—Katie, Adult Reference