Headline: We're not your parents' library -- 5 things you wouldn't expect

Release date: 2013-04-11

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HARRISBURG, Pa.— While National Library Week often promotes children’s storytime, famous literary works or poetry readings, this April 14-20, the Dauphin County Library System encourages local residents to discover five unexpected services offered at its eight locations throughout the county:

1. Yoga at The Library: Designed for children ages 3-6, Get Moving teaches youngsters simple yoga moves and sign language to bring a fresh perspective to learning the alphabet. This Discovery Program introduces each letter with a yoga pose and sign language word to help children learn both language and movement.M

2. Many Books on One Page: Gone are the days of needing to carry around stacks of books to read your favorite titles. Simply download eBooks and eAudioBooks from Overdrive and Freading to read or listen using eReaders, iPods, PDAs and more. The Library’s new service, TumbleBooks, offers eBooks for children too.

3. Text A Librarian: Need help with homework or can’t find a statistic for your next business proposal? Simply text askalibrarian@DCLS.org, and verified, accurate information will be on its way to you shortly.

4. Grant writing 101: Home to Pennsylvania’s capital city, Dauphin County is a hotspot for many of the state’s nonprofit organizations that depend on grants to fund vital programming in our community. Using The Library’s services, nonprofits can access hundreds of grants through the Foundation Center for free, a service that would otherwise cost more than $1,000. The Library also offers free grant-writing workshops to help nonprofits succeed.

5. Savings Calculator: While borrowing instead of buying will clearly help users save money over time, The Library offers a Savings Calculator to help you see the financial benefits of using the library with just a few clicks. For example, residents can save $95 by borrowing two books, three eBooks and four movies, instead of purchasing them.

Surprised? Many people often are. The Library is the HEART of our COMMUNITY, offering unlimited access to resources for everyone. To learn more, we encourage readers to visit www.dcls.org, or stop in to one of our eight locations throughout the county.


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