The Jefferson Township Public Library is not just a building offering a tremendous variety of print materials for children and adults of all ages anymore but a place where digital information is also available for free and accessible to everyone.  As technology has evolved, so has the library!  The public has the ability to download eMagazines and eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library, rb digital, Freading, and Zinio.  Audiobooks  can be downloaded from the 3M Cloud Library and rb digital,  and music can be downloaded from Freegal, all at the touch of a button.

But before you get started, you do need to have a library card which is free and can easily be applied for online at http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net/Main+Catalog/Library+Card+Application+Form or in person at the Jefferson Township Public Library located in the Municipal Complex at 1031 Weldon Road.  All Jefferson residents age 4 and up are eligible to apply for a library card, and you’ll need proof of residency such as a driver’s license or a utility bill to apply.  Then it’s easy to start downloading information using your library card number.

You can read free digital copies of your favorite magazines and books on a computer, tablet, or mobile device by creating a Library Zinio Collection Account through the Library’s website at www.jeffersonlibrary.net or create a free individual Zinio.com account.  You can even install the Zinio Reader App to any of your devices – iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Blackberry, Windows 8, and Nook HD.  Instructions are clear and easy to follow.

Again, using your library card number, you can choose from tens of thousands of e-books anytime and anywhere using the links on the Library site for the 3M Cloud Library, db digital or Freading.  If you want audio books perhaps to listen to while driving to work or on a long trip or just relaxing in your favorite reading place, they are also available to download from the 3M Cloud Library and db digital.

Download your favorite music from the FREEGAL site and it’s really free and legal by just entering your Jefferson Township Library card number.  You can download three songs per week.

The Library also offers numerous services to the public including lending services — inter-library loans, reciprocal borrowing and open borrowing, and it has three book drops outside the library building for your convenience.  The Library offers notary public service, WiFi, handicapped parking, a meeting room, and the use of their computers, photocopier, and fax.

Look into the numerous events that the library offers for children and adults alike – story times, after school programs, special events, drop in crafts, family nights, donut and movie programs for adults Sunday afternoons as well as weekday programs for adults featuring guest speakers, instructors, or performers.  Go to http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net/Events for detailed calendars of events and activities.

The Library publishes a bi-monthly newsletter entitled Violet’s Porch* so the public can stay up to date with events, news, programs, and services.  It’s available online, in the library, and you can subscribe to it online for convenient email delivery.

The Jefferson Township Public Library is a place to explore so visit in person Monday through Fridays from 9:30 am to 9 pm, Saturdays 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm.  Check the website for holiday and early closings. Or visit online 24/7 from the comfort and convenience of your home or office.

Think of your township library as a community center where people of all ages come together to learn, to be entertained, and to achieve personal enrichment.   The library staff led by Library Director Seth Stephens is friendly, knowledgeable, and always ready to provide excellent customer service.

The Library’s mission statement sums it up – “The Jefferson Township Public Library is a haven for the investigation of life skills and interests, connecting a diverse community socially, culturally, and intellectually. “

*named after Violet Riker who established the library in Jefferson Township during the Depression years during the  Federal government’s Work Progress Administration (WPA)

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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