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Your Library Connection: Six Tips for Summer

Beat Travel Boredom

The library has audiobooks for all ages.  You can check them out on CD at the library or download audiobooks through the NEIBORS program.  Find the red and gray icon on the library’s homepage <www.independence.lib.ia.us> and download an MP3 or WMA File.  DVDs are also available if you can access a player during your travels.  Questions...ask us!

 

Keep the Reading Going

Beyond signing up for the summer reading programs for all ages (deadline is June 29 at 4 pm), beginning readers have a wonderful selection of “Just Right Books” available.  These are leveled for emergent readers beginning at A and moving gradually into more difficult reading as the letters progress.  You or your child may already know the level, as the same system is used at the local schools.

 

Take a Break and Beat the Heat

If you need a change of scenery or have some time between appointments, consider stopping in at the library.  There are welcoming spaces and plenty to do.  Whether alone or with a group, there are comfortable places to sit; study rooms to use; magazines, TV, and newspapers to read and view; puzzles to work on; wireless Internet; computers to use; a chess/checkers table; early literacy computers; a Lego table, many program opportunities; and more.  Last but not least are the books and air conditioning!

 

Face to Face

As society communicates more with technology and less face-to-face, we have some programs that will get you in touch with other people.  The library offers a book discussion once a month (typically the last Monday of the month)...find out about those on the library’s home page <www.independence.lib.ia.us> under Audiobooks, eBooks, and Book Clubs.  Attend Cards ‘n’ Convo with adults the first and third Tuesday afternoon of the month.  You can play cards or games, socialize, and enjoy refreshments.

Most library events provide opportunities to meet, talk, and connect with others. Some you might want to look into this summer are Create all Night, the Spa Series, GeoCaching, computer classes, and Game Time.  There is a calendar on the library website or pick up a free booklet with all the event information at the library.

 

Practice before the test

When you want to get into something or get out of something, there is often a required test. Many of these tests are named with an acronym, like the ACT, ASSET, GED, and PSAT. To practice before the big day arrives, check out Learning Express (white logo with light bulb) located on the library’s home page <www.independence.lib.ia.us>.  There is also test preparation for 4-12 grade students, Nursing Students, and Postal Workers.

 

eBooks for You...whether you own an eBook reader or not!

We have Nooks preloaded with approximately 100 popular titles.  Check one out and have a virtual library at your fingertips (for two weeks).  If you have your own Nook, Kindle, or eReader, download from the thousands of eBook titles on NEIBORS.  Go to our homepage and click on the red and gray NEIBORS icon.  We add titles on a regular basis.  Let us know if you need help downloading eBooks through the library.

 

If you are interested in any of these, but need more information, please contact us!  The library is at 805 1st St East, phone 319-334-2470, website www.independence.lib.ia.us, email indylib@indytel.com, and our Facebook address is www.facebook.com/Independence.Public.Library