Los Angeles' promotion of the LA Public Library is TRASH.

Here is a running thread of all of the cool shit you can do armed with nothing but your library card.
First things first: Get your card. For a physical card, go to a library or pre-register (see "borrower services") and then pick it up whenever. (IT IS FREE.)

or: get an e-card for immediate digital access: lapl.org/about-lapl/con… (IT IS FREE.)
Okay, you've got your card, you're set.

So now, ALL THE COOL SHIT YOU CAN DO FOR FREE WITH NOTHING BUT A VALID LIBRARY CARD
YOU CAN ACCESS NEARLY EVERY PAYWALLED NEWSPAPER *FOR FREE*:

lapl.org/books-emedia/e…

The PressReader app is available on both iOS and Android and hooks in to thousands of newspapers depending on library subscription. FOR FREE.

You can separately access NYT and WaPo. FOR FREE.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT EBOOKS AND SEND IT DIRECTLY TO YOUR KINDLE. FOR FREE.

lapl.overdrive.com

Is the book available? Click borrow, set the number of days you want to borrow it. Then Click "Read Now With Kindle."

It takes you to Amazon to send it to your Kindle. FOR FREE.
YOU CAN ACCESS A STREAMING FILM LIBRARY FULL OF CLASSICS AND DOCUMENTARIES AND GET TO WATCH 9 TITLES A MONTH. FOR FREE.

lapl.kanopy.com

Godard? Check. James Baldwin? Check. Parasite? Good Time? Moonlight? Check. Check. Check.

FOR FREE. WORKS ON FIRE STICK/ROKU/APPLE.
YOU HAVE A FREE MANGO LANGUAGES SUBSCRIPTION WITH YOUR LIBRARY CARD #

m.lapl.org/webfeat/mango.…

Among other languages, here's what's available. It works on iOS and Android as well as your laptop!

ALL FOR FREE.
YOU CAN GET MUSIC, DIGITAL COMICS AND AUDIOBOOKS FOR FREE ON HOOPLA:

hoopladigital.com

Drake is there. Kanye is there. You get to borrow it for seven days, you can borrow twice every thirty days.

No ads, no commercials. Slight limitations FOR FREE.
FOR COMICS, HERE IS A GLANCE AT WHAT YOU CAN BORROW FOR FREE ON HOOPLA DIGITAL THAT IS JUST WRITTEN BY @GailSimone

this is FOR FREE. Stream on your laptop or download to your mobile device (iOS and Android, again FOR FREE)
THE OCTAVIA LABS, HOLY SHIT:

lapl.org/labs

We're gonna do a TOTALLY separate thread on this, but you can:

-- 3D PRINT STUFF (size limitations)
-- BORROW A WACOM TABLET
-- USE A LASER CUTTER TO ETCH YOUR OWN MATERIALS
-- PRINT POSTERS
-- BOOK TIME FOR A GREEN SCREEN
Obviously for some stuff you'll need to pay for the consumable materials, but USE OF THE EQUIPMENT IS FREE AND THE CONSUMABLES ARE CLOSE TO AT-COST
still in my meeting, but hey:

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN STUFF? LAPL HAS FREE INTERACTIVE COURSES. WITH HUMAN TEACHERS! ALL ONLINE!

Each course is six weeks long and the courses start up anew every month! Here's a quick look at what you can learn:

education.gale.com/l-lapl/
UPDATE: FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE A KINDLE OR SIMILAR E-READER --

Further info on Libby -- Audiobooks, too!

PHOTOGRAPHY: TESSA gives you "Instant access to rare and historical collections from Los Angeles Public Library"

tessa.lapl.org
STUFF YOU CAN DO OUTSIDE THE LIBRARIES WITH YOUR LAPL CARD:

(also, if I'm saying something that you replied to me about earlier, apologies in advance, as you can tell, my notifications are a mess, I'm trying to see what else people have discovered as best I can)
FOR MAINLY SPANISH SPEAKERS/READERS: CELL-ED.

-- ESL courses
-- "Talk or text with live coaches"
-- "Spanish literacy for Spanish speakers with little to no reading or writing ability in Spanish"
-- 24/7
-- Smartphone AND Flip-phone (data limit)

lapl.org/cell-ed
(No weird viral ads here. You wanna see what I'm doing, it's all over my bio, you know how to get there.

I want you to pay attention to your city's budgets. That's where libraries get their money to do cool shit.

Your electeds can choose to give them more pretty much whenever.)
All fun things must come to an end, but it was delightful to watch people love and/or discover what you can do with just your library card.

I will 100% be updating this thread, and my promised thread on the Octavia Labs WILL happen when I have time to hit that up.
Well, it's still going, lol.

I don't care about clout or whatever, I want people to be excited about what they can do with their libraries.

So how's about we reconvene, say, Friday? And instead of me telling you stuff, you tell us what you did with your library card.

Cool?

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