Ypsilanti District Library Serves “Stay-cationers”
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In these times of expensive gas, increasing costs for travel, and high mortgage payments, where can people still find a great value? The answer: their library. This summer, the Ypsilanti District Library has seen record numbers of people visiting the library, attending programs, signing-up for summer reading, and checking out materials to take home.
July’s circulation figures at YDL topped 82,000 items, an increase of 14,000 over last summer. This is attributable in large measure to the fact that more and more residents are finding their entertainment in their own backyards rather than across the country. Want to listen to a book on your mp3 player? Come to the Ypsilanti District Library and go to our e-audiobooks station and download a book on your own machine. Want to visit the Detroit Institute of Art or take the Ford Rouge Plant Tour, but just don’t have the money to take your family on these outings? Visit your library first and check out a Museum Adventure Pass underwritten by Macy’s and get free admissions to your favorite cultural institutions with your library card.
Increased numbers are also indicative of the growing number of services that are part of the package when you obtain a library card. Libraries clearly still have books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs to check out. These are the mainstays of our lending collections. However, now YDL and other libraries are also conduits for access to electronic resources online like ValueLine, Morningstar, Chilton’s, and Heritage Quest. These data resources are available on home computers and laptops with a library card at any hour of the day and night.
MyLibraryDV is a resource accessible by residents who wish to watch over 500 movies or cooking shows or travel shows on their home computers or televisions, but you’ll need a library card to do it.
People looking for jobs in this tight economy also turn to the library for resources. In partner-ship with Michigan Works, all Ypsilanti District Library locations have staff that can assist with job search online through the Michigan Talent Bank website as well as help with writing a resume or a cover letter. Internet access at YDL is free so job-seekers may use our machines to check e-mail and send out inquiries about job listings. Many places now require applicants to fill out applications online.
At the Ypsilanti District Library, you can “Start Here. Go Anywhere.” for your summer vacation and save money too.