I recently moved to St. George from the Salt Lake City area and one of the very first things I did upon arriving in St. George was to get myself a Washington County Library card. What many St. George residents may not know is that you can manage your library account very easily online. You can search the library catalog, place a hold on items you want to check out, renew items and order materials to be delivered to the branch nearest you. The library notifies you when your items have come in and you will find them waiting for you to be checked out at the front desk.
The Washington County Library also offers eBooks (electronic books) for you to view or listen to on your own device. You can easily download these materials from home and you have access to them immediately. Some new DVDs that you can check out today are: Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hidden Figures, Lion, Patriots Day, Rogue One and Sing. There are also documentaries available, such as: After Stonehenge, Secrets of the Six Wives, To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters and a documentary on New York.
When you have a Washington County Library card you have access to numerous databases that many residents don’t know about. They include: Student Research Center (homework help for students), Public Pioneer (a virtual library created by the Utah State Library Division), Auto Repair Reference Center (vehicle repair and maintenance information), Utah’s Newspapers Portal (collections and archives of your favorite newspapers) and Reference USA (business and residential information).
If all of that is not enough, the library program here in St. George offers story time, Tai Chi, toddler time, Lego Club, TEDx Talk, Art Club and Spring Gardening, among many other opportunities. There are also more than 20 different book clubs, so you are bound to find one that is just right for you.
I recently heard about a way to showcase your talent with others. The Santa Clara Branch Library offers an Open Mic Night every 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5pm – 7pm (sign-up begins at 4:30). The Santa Clara branch is located at 1099 Lava Flow Drive. This is a café style evening with fun and entertainment. You can share music, dance, spoken word, poetry or comedy. Prizes are awarded in all categories.
There are currently eight branches that serve the residents of Washington County. They are located in St. George, Santa Clara, Hurricane, Springdale, New Harmony, Enterprise, Washington and Hildale. Check your local branch for hours and start enjoying the many benefits of being a library card holder in Washington County.