Posted by Jeff and Cher Taylor:
1. Book clubs – If you have not been to the book club meetings, you are really missing out! Led by the marvelous librarian, Meg Treseder, every month the clubs meet and enjoy stimulating discussions around that month’s book selection. We always learn something new, and truly enjoy the laughter and introspection that always ensues. The Main Street Book Club covers a wide gamut of genres and meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6pm. The all new non-fiction book club meets the first Thursday of every month at 6pm.
2. Shopping in your pajamas – With Overdrive and Zinio, you are able to check out ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines for free. In your pajamas. In the middle of the night. It doesn’t get much more wonderful than that! If you do not own an ereader, you can use a free app from Kindle or Adobe to read ebooks, and you can listen to the mp3 format audiobooks on any computer or mp3 compatible device which includes most phones and tablets, and of course mp3 players. The app for Zinio will allow you to view magazines from your computer, laptop or tablet. The books will be automatically returned at their due date without you having to do anything, and the magazines can be kept as long as desired as they do not have a due date. It’s a built in “no late fees” guarantee! You can also manage your account online through mypcla.com, where you can renew your physical items, check account balances, and manage requests/holds.
3. What’s Cooking – Curren and Meg, the charismatic librarian duo, host this the 2nd Monday of every month at 4:30. Each class has an interesting theme, and you will learn about cooking, nutrition, and leave with tried-and-true new recipes. Did I mention there are always incredibly delicious samples available??
4. Saves you money – Our Azle Memorial library essentially offers free* entertainment, with something for everyone. At your disposal are books, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and computers with internet access. *As taxpayers, the two of us feel the library is a wonderful, though rare, example of our taxpayer dollars being used effectively and wisely. Take full advantage of that small miracle. 😉
5. The library is good for your health – It’s true! It is such a relaxing place to browse and read that a visit also serves as a natural stress reducer with no known negative side effects. Another significant bonus is that all the cool kids are there. We have met some of the most interesting and kindest people from our community at library functions, and these interactions always create a positive mood boost.