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but an inter-library loan request will draw from any of the seven libraries in the Santa Clara County library system. “It gives you a large breadth of materials to select from and it’s convenient,” Geddes said. After logging into your account and requesting an item, you receive an email notification when your material is ready and you can come pick it up. Entertainment With a library account, e-books and audiobooks are both downloadable on any device, phone, iPad, tablet, and so on. Through the library website, Odilo offers e-books and magazines in Spanish and HyRead offers them in Chinese. Additionally, the library showcases the latest tablets and e-readers at a display station for members to test out the technology. Freegal allows members to download five free songs per week (for all ages) or two videos. Additional enter- tainment includes 30,000 downloadable indie movies through Kanopy and British TV shows through Acorn TV. Kids can also enjoy e-books and audiobooks, download- able movies and TV shows, as well as ComicsPlus e-comics. Kanopy and Acorn also have offerings for children. Education Education is a cornerstone of the library’s online offerings. Adults have access to Universal Class, a suite of hundreds of online courses fr om Accounting 101 to Pet Grooming. “A wide breadth of classes for your own personal enrichment and development,” Geddes said. They can also access, a tech-focused online learning program for adults. Rosetta Stone, the popular language learning program, is available to teach 30 different languages, including ESL, and can be synced with a free app on a phone or tablet with a library account. Through Kanopy, members can access The Great Courses series of audio and video courses that range from such subjects as business to fine arts, history to social sciences. Kids can take advantage of BrainFuse HelpNow, home- work help with live online tutoring; ABC Mouse for children ages 2 to 8, which provides early literacy programs and 22 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN online learning games; Ready Rosie, a resource for parents with short parenting videos in English and Spanish to build early learning skills; and the Discover and Go program, which provides access to museum passes in the bay area with a library card. Research Research databases, online encyclopedias, and other educational materials are available both in the library and online. They provide access to a variety of databases divided up by subject area. LIVE AND ONGOING LIBRARY PROGRAMS The library is also proud to be a community partner with local organizations and groups such as Friends of the Library and AAUW, and sponsors workshops, classes and speaker series. Library classes include ESL, weekly bridge and Zumba classes, as well as monthly craft and gardening classes. There are also monthly classes for kids in such fun educational topics as computer coding and robotics. Community members can also rent program rooms for one-off classes and events. The library continues to foster an early love of literacy with story times for babies, toddlers, and even bilingual story time. In the summer, when kids who typically get their lunches from school are out of school, in partnership with the YMCA and Second Harvest Food Bank, the library offers free, healthy lunches Monday through Friday, from 12 to 1 pm to kids and their families. Geddes feels that the library is so many different things to differ- ent people. “I see us as balanc- ing the many different needs of our community,” she said. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018