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10 Ways to Use Your Local Library this Summer

The library is a valuable community resource that helps families make the most of their summer while developing a positive relationship with reading and nurturing a sense of discovery.

The library offers a limitless world of adventure and entertainment. Instantly stream thousands of digital movies and music at home or on the road through Hoopla Digital.

1) Beat the heat and watch popular new release movies on the library’s large screens. For show times visit

Related: Where to Find FREE and CHEAP Movies All Summer Long in Tampa Bay

2) Traveling? Start your journey at the library. Apply for a U. S. Passport at the Bloomingdale Regional Library or the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library. For details visit

3) No need to carry heavy books with you on vacation. Access the library’s digital collection of travel guides at or learn common travel phrases in over 70 languages at

4) Looking for something to entertain the kids? Check out a Playaway Launchpad. These kids-only learning tablets are designed for children ages 5-10 and contain preloaded STEAM and Early Literacy games. No Wi-Fi required.

5) Engage with robots, outer space and the unknown through the library’s dynamic line up of specialty performers.

6) Learn to play a ukulele or conduct a science experiment from the comfort of your home by borrowing one of the library’s educational games and models.

7) Transform your summer through hands-on experiences. Unleash your creativity all season long by participating in a craft or maker program.

8) Challenge yourself and compete with your friends. Play a game of chess or solve puzzles to unlock secret codes in the library’s escape room events.

9) Read to earn free books, Tampa Bay Rays tickets and a chance to win passes to local attractions. Children birth through grade 12 can log their reading from June 1 – August 10 through the library’s “A Universe of Stories” and “Reading with the Rays” programs.

10) Share your summer reading memories with us. Tag us on Facebook and Instagram or tweet us @TampaHillsLib #813Reads #HCPLCSummer.

Make the library a part of your summer adventure. Visit us at


Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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