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National Library Card Month

Posted August 20, 2014 in Ankeny, Community Featured
By Joy King, public services librarian

September is National Library Card month. What can you do with your Kirkendall Public Library card? The obvious answer is check out great books, movies, magazines and audio books at no charge.

What may surprise you is that your library card can give you online access from anywhere. Download e-books and audiobooks for your iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Kindle, Nook, Android or computer through Overdrive.  Read full digital copies of your favorite magazines on a computer, tablet or mobile device from Zinio. Why pay for expensive test preparation for the LSAT, GRE or SAT when your library offers it free online through Learning Express? Learning Express also provides career practice tests for ASVAB, postal workers, paramedics, U.S. citizenship, real estate, NCLEX and many more. If you are planning to replace your refrigerator or car, read Consumer Reports by logging into the EBSCO databases. Navigate on your own from the website,, or come to the library for a personal digital tour.

Want to read the current best seller or put the latest DVDs on reserve? Do it at home from our online catalog, Request for purchase, reserve an item that is checked out or renew your checked out items any time of the day or night. Your library card also allows you to reserve a meeting room for your community organization. Online access is always open.

At the library, a Kirkendall Public Library card provides computer access to 40 Internet computers, including five free prints per day. Bring your own laptop to the library for free Wi-Fi. Leaf out your family tree by searching, find a job listing in ReferenceUSA or research the top stocks in Value Line Investment survey.

Kirkendall Public Library cards are available to adults and children who live in Iowa. Apply in person and bring a photo ID and proof of current address to the library and receive a free library card with the power to unlock the world.Children younger than 12 need a parent or guardian to sign the application. New patrons in September will receive a book bag. If you have lost your card, you can get a free replacement  during September, a $1 value. A Kirkendall Public Library card is the smartest card in your wallet. Now you know.

Kirkendall Public Library
1210 NW Prairie Ridge Drive
Mon. – Thurs.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday:  2-5 p.m.

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