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Library Services for Busy Parents

Fall is underway and winter will soon be here. As the kids take time to relax during school breaks, it is a perfect opportunity for you to revisit favorite hobbies. Many library services, activities, and resources are available to meet your enrichment and entertainment needs.

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Book Clubs

Connect with new and old friends alike at one of the library’s online book clubs. Book clubs offer a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, thought-provoking discussions, and a chance to discover your next favorite author. Several featured events are coming up soon.

Find a New Book

Have you tried #READorREJECT? Your perfect book match is waiting for you! Our book experts will pair your book tastes with personalized selections for you and mail them directly to your home to enjoy.

Related: Top 10 Books you Must Read this Summer

Develop a New Skill with Library Services

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Nurture your mind with the library’s services and educational classes. Courses are available online for learning at your convenience, and live virtual library events are a cool way to connect with others who share your interests. The library regularly offers gardening, technology and writing classes. You may find yourself discovering a new hobby or a new career path. The recordings of these classes are posted to the public library’s YouTube channel @TampaHillsLib.

Related: Where to take a cooking class in Orlando

Learn a New Language

Learn a new language or expand your everyday communication with courses on over 70 languages. Try listening to downloadable bite-size lessons in the Mango app and soon you will be ready to speak like a local on your next trip.

Related: Happily Ever After Fairy Tale Starts at the Library

Improve your Photography Skills

Polish your family pics in mere minutes with easy photo editing techniques or get inspiration to take your mobile photography to the next level. You can hone your photography skills with quick online videos or dive deeper into professional photography with learning paths and longer courses.

Digital Magazines at Your Convenience

There are few joys in life like relaxing on the couch with a digital magazine. Choose from thousands of full-color titles and read for information or entertainment. Digital magazines on crafts, health and fitness, finance and travel are available at your fingertips.

Audiobooks and E-books Library Services

Escape on a reading adventure when you are on a bike ride or a solo road trip. Travel to another place just by reading audiobooks and eBooks set in faraway places. Simply add them to your phone or tablet, and they are ready for your enjoyment at home, in the car or on a plane.

Stream and Download your Favorite Music

Discover the soundtrack to your holiday season as you entertain family and friends, relax at home or take part in outdoor activities with streaming and downloadable music. Easily borrow your favorite songs from a variety of genres to create a fun and festive playlist.

Find Peace and Quiet

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Make some time for solitude and swing by your local branch to use one of the small meeting rooms or find a quiet corner.

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The library has a variety of options to help you enjoy a few leisurely moments or meet your learning goals this winter. Visit us at

All photos provided by Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.

Originally Published in the November 2021 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

Cheryl Wolfe
Cheryl Wolfe
Cheryl Wolfe is an Administrative Librarian with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. In her public library career she has held a variety of positions including managing a regional library and coordinating the library’s web presence. She is passionate about Florida libraries and helping the community achieve their goals. Cheryl also loves to travel and explore new places with her family.

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