Bored? 10 Library Things to Do From Home: Quarantine Edition

Bored? 10 Library Things to Do From Home: Quarantine Edition

Are you stuck at home during Covid-19? The Handley Regional Library System has you covered! You can access a lot of our services online from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. From educational to fun and entertaining, check out a list below of what you can do to occupy your free time and still enjoy the library 24/7. Know what the best part of all is? All of these services are free with your library card!

  1. Check Out eBooks and/or Audiobooks

    The Library isn’t slacking when it comes to the eBook and audiobook department. Quarantine will be over before you know it between Overdrive, Libby, RB Digital, and Hoopla. All apps you can download onto your devices and access hours of reading fun right from your couch, porch, or reading nook (wherever you please!) Check out all of our downloadable media options here.

 

1

 

  1. Check Out A Magazine

    Need to catch up on all the latest celebrity gossip? Find a new recipe to try? Get in that at home workout? Check out the latest gardening trend to try while in quarantine? The RB Digital app has something for you! In this app you can download magazines of all varieties and you get to keep the copy as long as you want, there are no due dates!
2

 

  1. Watch A Movie and/or TV Show

    Did you know that with our new app, Hoopla you can stream movies and TV shows? Family movie night? Date night in? Something for everyone all in one app!

    Extra! Extra! During quarantine the library has upped the amount of checkouts to six downloads a month through May 31st.
3

 

  1. Listen to Music

    Did you know that Hoopla also has music you can download? If you’re looking for something to jam out to while doing that workout, gardening, or just relaxing in the back yard, head to the app and see what you discover.


4

  1. Learn A New Language

    There’s no time like the present to head into the Mango app and learn that second (or third, or fourth) language you keep saying you will get around to, someday.

 

5

 

  1. Develop New Skills

    Name a skill and you will be hard pressed to NOT find it in Universal Class. Anything from computer classes to professional development to crafting and everything in between can be found on this database. You can even earn Continuing Education Credits.
6

 

  1. Develop that Family Tree You’ve Been Meaning to Research

    Have you been aching to find out all the wonderful and thrilling stories of your ancestors, now is the time! You can access Ancestry.com from home (until we open back up to the public). To access sign into your account through our website (if you aren’t sure how to log into your account you can see a tutorial here).  Under “Summary” click “Ancestry.com” at the top and that will take you to the site and you will already logged in through the library.  If you would like to see more about how to use Ancestry.com check out this tutorial.
7a

 

7b

 

  1. Update Your Resume

    The library has several online services that can aid you in updating that resume you have been putting on the back burner all these months. Check out Career Transitions and the Testing and Education Reference Center where you can build your resume and get tips on the best Resume Writing practices.
     8 
  2. Further Your Computer Skills

    Missing out on Tech Tuesdays (don’t worry they will be starting again as soon as we open back to the public and it is safe to hold programming). Check out GCF Computer Tutorials and develop your computer skills.9

     

  3. Decide What to Read Next With Our Extensive Readers Advisory Recommendations

    With the new integration of NoveList on our website, it makes it easier than ever to figure out what to read next. Did you really like a series, author, book, or subject? All you have to do is go to our catalog on the website, search a book you enjoyed, hit “series and read-a-likes” on the left hand side and voila! Endless suggestions of books that you should check out! If you want to delve further in to the research of “reader advisory” you can check out the Novelist database through our website. (Must log in with library card number).10