The library isn’t just about books these days. It’s a vast resource providing tremendous amounts of information — from help finding a job, researching alternative health issues, or analyzing stocks — accessible from your home computer.
Linda Fayerweather, business-technology specialist for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, gave a broad overview of the library’s programs, classes, databases and resources in a one-hour talk on Thursday (Nov. 6) at the weekly Boomers Resource Network meeting.
In addition to stocking 2.5 million books at the library’s 18 branches, there are thousands of downloadable books, audiobooks, videos and magazines that can be read on laptops, desktop computers, tablets, and Kindles or other e-readers.
Numerous databases are available through the library’s website, toledolibrary.org, including genealogy, biographies, health information, and tax and legal forms. You can even look things up in Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia.
Free classes on computer basics are offered weekly at the Kent Branch Library on Collingwood Boulevard, and a “Business Boost” program will guide business owners in the use of the library’s resources “to gain the competitive edge.”
Most library programs are funded by the state and county and are free to the public, Fayerweather added.
For more information, contact Linda Fayerweather at 419-259-5244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.