Monday, July 26, 2010

Libraries and Netflix

Today I read an article claiming libraries loan more movies than Netflix.

Libraries Loan More Movies Than Netflix

A recent study by OCLC, a nonprofit library co-operative and research organization, stated libraries loan over 2 million videos a day, slightly more than Netflix. What does that say about our communities? Families are looking to save money in any way possible. Is it cheap to subscribe to Netflix instead of going to the movies? Sure. Is it cheaper to rent the same movies at a library for free instead of using Netflix and/or going out to the movies? Absolutely.

Libraries contribute to our communities by doing more than loaning books. Libraries promote ideas through programs, magazines, newspapers, movies, comic books, audio books, educational tools, internet resources and more. Families and individuals these days are looking to stimulate their minds without spending money. Why buy a magazine when you can read it at the library? Why purchase a classic Jazz compact disc when you can check it out for free?

Come to the Sumter County Library today and read a new magazine and perhaps meet a new friend. Perhaps bond over a new movie.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Byki Foreign Language Training

Do you want to learn how to speak a foreign language? Are you traveling to another country and need to learn how to ask for directions/call a cab/etc.? Do you need to brush up on your language skills for a class or your degree? If so, Byki Foreign Language Training is for you. Byki is an online interactive language software tool. Byki is free. All you have to do is sign up for Byki in the library. Then you can use it anywhere on your laptop or home computer. Check out this helpful video created by library staff on how to use Byki.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Rappin' Poetry Slam!

The Sumter County Library presented a Rappin' Poetry Slam on July 30th, 2010. Children and teens performed raps and spoken word about reading and literacy.