You know your local library is a great place to go when you want to read the latest bestseller or your favorite author’s newest offering. However, libraries also feature a wide range of innovative programming for all ages. Sure, you can check out traditional hard-copy books, but you can also check out e-books and audiobooks, stream movies and music, and attend online classes. And that’s just the start.

The local library in Glenview has an amazing array of things you can check out (think: Roku streaming sticks and museum passes) as well as a program for just about any interest you may have. Let Crème de la Crème of Glenview, IL show you the many ways you can take advantage of your local library for learning and fun.

Get the Kids Excited About Reading … and Other Activities

A small girl laying on a bed reading while surrounded by open books.

Child reading a book” by Annie Spratt used through Unsplash

No matter how old your kids are, the local library offers an abundance of fun activities that will inspire a lifelong love of reading. But you’ll find more than just books at this library.

From storytime for kids to science, art, and other fun projects and events, there’s something for any age and interest here. The library even lets kids check out museum passes to get free admission to 17 museums in the area. Kids can also access homework help and other educational resources for learning thanks to the Glenview Public Library.

Check Out the Art

Your local library isn’t just about checking out books. You can also pay a visit to the Glenview Public Library to check out some amazing artworks. The Art in the Library program connects local families to art by exhibiting in a gallery space in the library’s lobby.

Whether you stop by and enjoy the current exhibition when you’re picking up some books or you make a trip just to take in the artwork, our local library is the perfect place to learn about area artists. The library features a limited number of exhibits each year, so you’ll have new art to check out throughout the year.

Enjoy the Cultural Programming

Local libraries often offer a range of engaging programming, and the Glenview Public Library is no exception. You can sign up to enjoy a variety of free events, talks, and concerts. Our library even offers programs virtually so you can make it a family occasion, all from the comfort of home.

From author events to expert talks to fun musical experiences, you’re sure to find something you’re interested in here. You don’t have to travel far to take advantage of the arts and culture in our area. The local library has you covered!

Connect With the Community Through Learning Opportunities

The Glenview Public Library also offers a variety of programs that let you learn more about topics that interest you while connecting with like-minded locals. Want to take a virtual field trip to explore some of Chicagoland’s world-class museums? The library has a program for that. Looking for gardening tips or tricks for living a greener lifestyle overall? You’ll find programs for those topics, too.

You’ll find drawing classes, meditation sessions, and more. Check for notes the library posts about appropriate ages for attendees, and find something to do on your own or as a family. There’s something for everyone at our local library.

Download and Stream Your Favorite Movies, Books, and More

The Glenview Public Library connects you with an assortment of great e-book and audiobook apps, not to mention movies, TV shows, and more, so you’ll always stay entertained thanks to the free downloading and streaming possibilities. You can even make a virtual appointment with trained library staff if you’re not sure how to use these apps to access the content you want to enjoy.

So, what does your library card give you access to beyond the usual books? Audible Stories features a range of audiobooks for children and teens, while Hoopla lets you stream or download audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and more, without dealing with any holds for your go-to media. Then there’s Kanopy, which lets you instantly stream hundreds of popular movies, and Libby by Overdrive, which gives you access to e-books, audiobooks, and even magazines. You can read newspapers and magazines in various languages via PressReader.

That’s not all. You can even check out a Roku streaming device if you don’t have your own. Go with the Youth Roku for some great content preloaded for the kids to take the guesswork out of your next movie night!

Take Part in an Interactive Film Series

Speaking of movie night, sometimes you want to indulge in movie night yourself or with friends. The Glenview Public Library makes that easy with a monthly film series for adults.

The current virtual offerings take your movie experience to the next level. You just watch the movie ahead of time when convenient for you (the movie is free, too, thanks to DVD/Blu-ray or Kanopy access via the library), then join in the virtual discussion with other interested folks from around the community.

Make Use of Job and Career Resources

If you’re looking for a job, the local library provides an invaluable resource. No matter where you are in your career, some expert guidance goes a long way. The Glenview Public Library’s job and career services, programs, and resources can make the job hunt a little less stressful.

Not only does our local library have a dedicated business librarian, but it also offers career counseling appointments for library cardholders. You’ll also have access to an array of online events as well as library databases and online resources.

There you have it, Crème de la Crème of Glenview’s guide to all the amazing things you can do at our very own local library. From books and movies to classes, events, and more, there’s something for everyone at the Glenview Public Library. Do you have a favorite program you love to attend with your kids at our local library? Drop us a line so we can check out your recommendation and share it with other Glenview families!