Park City Library offers more than just books
March 14, 2014
When people think of libraries, they usually think of books, fines and stern librarians who are always telling people to be quiet.
To some extent that is true, but there is so much more, said Jasmina Jusic, adult services librarian at the Park City Library.
"We offer an array of children’s programming that include story times and other activities as services to our community," said Jusic, who has been at the library for 4½ years. "But we also provide many offerings for our adult population."
"We offer the computer in the morning before we officially open to the public," Jusic explained. "We have to do this because we don’t have a computer classroom to use."
This class is designed to help people get used to using a computer and learn about the different resources the library has to offer.
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"We subscribe to Atomic Training that contains a lot of computer tutorials," Jusic said. "It includes Adobe, Google and Microsoft tutorials.
"We also address different topics each week," she said. "One class may focus on teaching how to navigate the Internet and a week later we may talk about the different databases we have at the library."
Downloading eMagazines and eBooks started two years ago.
The program covers most platforms, but if anyone has any questions, they can talk with Jusic.
"Sometimes people are surprised at what we have access to," she said. "We can get eBooks from two different platforms and people can also download eAudio books."
In addition, the library offers digital magazines, which are one of Jusic’s favorite things.
"As long as you have a library card, you can check out these virtual books and magazines for free for 21 days, just like a physical book," Jusic said. "If you finish reading the books early, you can check them in, otherwise they just expire and disappear from your device, so you don’t have to pay any late fines."
The eMagazines, on the other hand, don’t have expiration dates or limits on how many you can check out.
"They will stay on your device as long as you want them," Jusic said.
The Digital Lab is fairly new.
"We have some nice Mac computers loaded with great software, including Adobe," Jusic said. "People can create content or digitize photos or slides. They can edit videos."
The public can sign up to use the lab computers for two hours at a time.
"You don’t have to be a library member to use the Digital Media Lab," Jusic said. "In fact, we had an independent filmmaker finish up his film in there."
One stipulation is that the computer labs close 30 minutes before the library does.
"We do that so people have plenty of time to save big files without worrying about time," Jusic said. "It’s fun for us to offer something like this to the community.
In addition to these hands-on services, the Park City Library, on occasion, presents art exhibits and participates in book fairs.
"We usually display art through grants or we work with a traveling exhibit or programs from the Utah Arts Council," Jusic said. "And we also work with the Utah Humanities Council to be part of their book festival every year."
For the past couple of years, the Park City Library has partnered with Dolly’s Bookstore and the Summit County Library for the One Book One Community program during the summer.
Past books have included Terry Tempest Williams’ "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place," Sherman Alexie’s short story compilation and "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."
"We, as a committee, choose a book and the goal is to have as many people in the community read it and talk about it," Jusic said. "Then we do some programming that relates to the book."
From time to time, the Park City Library hosts author programs and special presentations as opportunities come along.
The most recent was centered around Terry Alford’s "Prince Among Slaves."
The library is also involved with a program called Bridging Cultures initiative that is spearheaded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The library recently received a Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys grant from the endowment and the American Library Association, which is part of the Muslim Journey’s Bookshelf.
"Through this grant we were able to purchase 23 books, three DVDs and database subscriptions so people could learn more about the Muslim religion and culture," Jusic said. "We are partnering with the Utah Humanities Council to present a discussion on March 26 around one of the books, ‘The Butterfly Mosque,’ by G. Willow Wilson."
The book is the story of Wilson, a young American journalist who converts to Islam and moves to Egypt.
The discussion will be held in the Jim Santy Auditorium and facilitated by Maysa Kergaye from the Islamic Speaker’s Bureau, Jusic said.
"We have copies of the book that are available for checkout at the Park City Library front desk," she said.
One of the nice things about the Park City Library programs is that they are all different, according to Jusic.
"We enjoy bringing something into the community that may not be offered elsewhere and getting people engaged," she said.
For more information about the Park City Library programs, visit http://www.parkcitylibrar.org