Library Card Offers Many Perks

Butterfield encourages residents to take advantage

You carry cards in your wallet and on keychains for the grocery store, gym, pet store and other retail stores. Most of these cards encourage spending money with infrequent rewards.

One card should give back your investment by 100 percent: your library card. Today’s card provides access to more than ever before and there is no purchase to enroll.

At the Butterfield Library, cardholders can borrow unexpected resources. Thanks to the Friends of the Butterfield Library, and a generous donor, patrons can check out passes to visit museums. Borrow specialized cake pans for your next party or pick up an extra folding table.

If you are thinking of purchasing a new electronic device, test first. Adults can borrow iPads, Kindles, and Nooks, as well as Rokus to view thousands of movies through Netflix, IndieFlicks, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

Borrow best sellers or catch up on last season’s episodes of Penny Dreadful. But it’s not just from Butterfield shelves: Borrow materials including movies, TV shows, music, games and books from 65 Mid-Hudson Libraries.

Your library card provides access to exclusive online educational materials for school, career, travel, and car repair. Through butterfieldlibrary.org, there are hundreds of websites exclusive to Putnam County library cardholders. Read online magazines and newspapers — learn 45 different languages with Mango, or learn to fix the transmission on your pickup with Chilton’s Online.

Other sections include: Homework Help for elementary, middle and high school levels and each contains age-appropriate resources for research, current events, and discussion of opposing opinions on social issues; Job and Career Help features JobNow which offers mock job interviews and resume help, Gale Testing & Resource Reference Center supplies practice tests for SATs, MSATS, GREs, MCAT and more while the New York State Department of Labor page has databanks of job openings, apprenticeships and more.

Getting a library card is easy. Stop by with proof of address, and fill out a simple application card for entertainment, education and information with no additional charge (Philipstown residents already contribute through taxes) or points to earn. Learn more at butterfieldlibrary.org.

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