Tuesday, March 28, 2017

10 Things You Pay for that are Free at the Library

1. Books ( Hardcovers, ebooks and audiobooks)

Books are expensive, averaging about $28 for a hardcover. Buying five books a year would cost almost $150. Stop in at the library to browse our print books and books on CD, or visit us online at http://www.blackgold.org.

For the digitally inclined, these are our platforms where you can download free ebooks and audiobooks:

2. Magazine & News

We offer several different magazines and newspapers at the library, but we also have a huge online magazine collection. Zinio is advertised as "The World's Largest Newsstand." All you need for access is a library card.

3. Music (CD's and Digital)

We have music CDs and an amazing online collection that you can stream straight through your phone. Check out our collection on Hoopla.

4. Access to a Librarian

Before there was Google, there were librarians. Our staff are here to help you, just ask!

5. Internet / Wifi

The library provides free internet computers and Wifi throughout the building. We also loan Internet Hotspots that you can check out for a week at a time. Put yourself on the hold list here: Internet Hotspot

6. Movies

Movies and TV shows are some of our most popular items. The library usually has what you're looking for and you can request that we purchase anything we don't have. You can also watch movies on your phone or computer through our digital service, Hoopla. Just sign up with an email and your library card. 

7. Learn a foreign language

Ever dreamed of learning a foreign language from the comfort of your own home, on your own time? Pronunciator makes this possible, get started with your library card here.

8. Job prep/Learning Express

"LearningExpress Library™ provides the most comprehensive selection of academic and career-related resources available in one platform. It provides academic skill building in reading, writing, math, and science, standardized test preparation, soft skills training, job search and career advancement, college admissions test preparation, professional licensing and certification test preparation, high school equivalency test prep, and much more."

Try it out here with your library card: Learning Express Library

9. Homework Help

Your kids can get free homework help at the library. We have a volunteer here Tuesday-Thursday from 3-5 PM.

10. Entertainment

The Library offers an array of free programming for all ages. Summer is our prime time for programming, but we have a variety of programs for all ages year round. Check out our Calendar of Events.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Staff Picks

Hello, welcome to our very first blog post!
Our staff read some great books last year, so here's to you reading some great books this year!

Ready Player One 
by Ernest Cline
Dystopian Fiction

Ready Player One

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

 by Alexandra Bracken


When a violin prodigy who has lost everything wakes up on a ship in another time, a man wants to escape a life of servitude is forced to confront his past while keeping his former captors from claiming a stolen object of untold value.

Red Rising 
by Pierce Brown
Science Fiction

Red Rising 

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush winds spread across the planet. Darrow - and Reds like him - are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

The Husband's Secret
 by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cevelia is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.

Harry Potter and the
 Cursed Child
 by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

All the Light We Cannot See
 by Anthony Doerr
Historical Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

Moonwalking With Einstein
 by Joshua Foer

Moonwalking With Einstein

Citing memory-related inconveniences suffered by average individuals, the author chronicles his own struggles with chronic forgetfulness and his year in memory training, as well as sharing historical lore and memory techniques.

Ender's Game
 by Orson Scott Card
Science Fiction

Ender's Game

An expert at simulated war games, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin believes that he is engaged in one more computer war game when, in truth, he is commanding the last Earth fleet against an alien race seeking Earth's complete destruction.

Carry On, Warrior
 by Glennon Doyle Melton

Carry On, Warrior

A New York Times essayist shares her journey from a self-destructive college student to a devoted family woman and teacher while illuminating the importance of trusting in a higher power and being truthful about life's challenges.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

Happy reading!
Lompoc Library Staff