If you ever thought your library isn’t relevant anymore — well, think again

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and west Chandler’s Sunset branch location is issuing a reminder that, if you don’t have a library card, now is the time to get one.

There is no fee associated with getting a library card, according to Brenda Brown, Chandler’s director of cultural affairs.

With a card, patrons can open the door to a wide world of information and take advantage of myriad services—some well known, some surprisingly not so much so, said Brown.

Here’s a partial list of things you can do at the Sunset branch and any of the city’s other three public library locations:

  • Check out books, magazines, CDs and DVDs (and place a hold on popular titles);
  • Use the library’s job center (with trained staff and volunteers to provide assistance);
  • Use its computers and access free wi-fi;
  • Reserve study rooms and meeting areas;
  • Attend programming for youth of all ages, including story times for young children and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) workshops for youth;
  • Participate in adult classes and programs;
  • Learn English in a supportive, immersive environment;
  • Take citizenship workshops;
  • Print or photocopy documents (for a nominal fee);
  • Send a fax anywhere in the U.S., and;
  • Get expert advice on your next read, research paper or anything library-related.Cardholders also have access to an entire library of resources online 24/7, including:
  • The list is long but it represents only some of the activities and services a person can access in person at the Sunset branch or any of the other three Chandler libraries.
    • e-books and e-magazines
    • Music downloads through the Freegal app
    • Language-learning programs (learn Spanish, or French, or even Pirate)
    • Consumer reports
    • Chilton auto repair manuals
    • Reference USA list-generation database
    • Business databases
    • Genealogy databases
    • Elementary school-age resources for learning
    • Online courses on a variety of subjects
    • Legal forms
    • And, much more…“Libraries have changed with the times. We are not your grandmother’s library. “We also offer free access to expert librarians who are ready to help every step of the way, no matter a person’s age or learning level.”
    • To sign up for a library card, stop by the Sunset branch or go online and visit chandlerlibrary.org. The Sunset branch library is on the north side of Ray Road, just east of Rural Road.
    • “Chandler libraries are technologically modern and offer more electronically based services than ever before. Our offerings are modern and have evolved to meet our cardholders where they are, whether that is inside one of our library branches, at their home, in their favorite coffee shop, or wherever their mobile lifestyle takes them.
    • Said Brown:
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