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Free things you can do at the library!

Check out all the things you can do at the library for free!  This is a growing list, so come back to see what else we have added!  Have ideas we don’t have here yet?  Email us and let us know.

  1. Search for a bestseller to check out.
  2. Use the WiFi or a public computer
  3. Catch up on current events by browsing News Week, Time Magazine or Bloomberg Business Week
  4. Introduce your grandchildren to the library
  5. Pick up the tax return forms you need
  6. Search the millions of items in the online catalog
  7. Renew items online, by phone, or in person
  8. Use reliable, kid-friendly resources to do homework
  9. Check out the latest DVDs
  10. Volunteer
  11. Learn about New London
  12. Participate in the One Book One Region program
  13. Get help from the ultimate search engine – a librarian
  14. Download eBooks, eAudiobooks from anywhere with Overdrive and OneClickdigital
  15. Join a book discussion group
  16. Learn creative ways you can interest your toddler in books
  17. Buy a Public Library of New London Tee Shirt as a fundraiser and to show support for the library
  18. Make photocopies or print from one of our computers or wirelessly from your laptop
  19.  Borrow a Museum Pass to get a reduced rate or free admission (including some parking fees) on your next outing
  20. Attend an interesting lecture by a local historian
  21. Join the Friends of the Library
  22. Bring your child to Storytime and meet other parents
  23. Read every issue of The Day that has been written
  24. Check your investments
  25. Take an introductory computer class
  26. Trace your family tree
  27. Find mysteries, science fiction, romances, and westerns to enjoy
  28. Play board games afterschool
  29. Learn how to help your child gain early literacy skills
  30. Get help to find a job or change your career
  31. Find potty training tips and advice
  32. Pick up recommended reading lists for children, teens, and adults
  33. Create a resume and apply for jobs online
  34. Receive weekly email updates to see what’s happening at your library
  35. Join a community knitting group
  36. Shape up with an exercise video
  37. Read the latest medical research reports online
  38. Learn to identify the birds in your backyard
  39. Study in a (relatively) quiet place
  40. Use Library resources to start a small business
  41. Find reading recommendations
  42. Update your Facebook page
  43. Check out books in large print for easier reading
  44. Check out your favorite graphic novel
  45. Learn how to navigate the Internet
  46. Reserve a meeting room for your nonprofit group
  47. Look up how much that Roy Rogers lunch box is worth
  48. Attend an interesting lecture or creative workshop
  49. Be inspired by new ideas for redecorating your house
  50. Learn how to prepare your preschooler for success in school
  51. Consult consumer guides to help decide which insurance, tablet, computer, car, or washing machine to buy
  52. Check out a new or old television series
  53. Get picture books for storytelling at home
  54. Research a term paper
  55. Schedule a Library tour tailored to your group or class
  56. Open an email account
  57. Bring your family to watch a free movie
  58. Volunteer to re-shelve books
  59. Find your car’s value in our up-to-date Kelly Blue Books
  60. Find a new recipe
  61. Share online resources and databases with your students
  62. Enroll your child in the summer reading program
  63. Check out the latest fashion magazine
  64. Cool off in air-conditioned comfort on a hot summer day
  65. Be warm in the winter months
  66. Read a local newspaper
  67. Get tips on creating resumes and cover letters
  68. Apply for jobs online
  69. Find out about social service programs
  70. Publicize a nonprofit organization on the bulletin board
  71. Learn how to plant, care for, and preserve vegetables and fruits from your garden
  72. Look up the phone number of a long lost friend
  73. Participate in Adult Summer Reading and enter to win prizes
  74. Have your documents notarized
  75. Learn how to take care of your new pet
  76. Donate your used books
  77. Reserve (hold) books that will help you plan a vacation
  78. Learn a new language
  79. Get help with obtaining citizenship
  80. Keep kids entertained with audio books during car trips
  81. Be notified by email when library materials you’ve requested arrive
  82. Learn Word and Excel
  83. Stay in touch with family far away through email
  84. Read minutes from past City Council Meetings
  85. Find out about local community organizations
  86. Order materials from other libraries and pick them up locally – right here in New London
  87. Drop off materials for other Connecticut libraries at the Public Library of New London
  88. Come hear an author speak about his or her latest book
  89. Borrow the New London History Series with Sally Ryan on DVD
  90. “Like” us on Facebook
  91. Follow us on Twitter
  92. Pin us on Pinterest
  93. Check out our website at www.plnl.org
  94.  Visit us Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-7pm, Wednesday from 1pm-7pm, Friday from 9:30am-5pm, and Saturday from 10am-4pm. During the winter months we are also open on Sundays 1pm-4pm.