A library card at the Free Library of Springfield Township is not just for checking out books, movies, and music. You can access all kinds of services, including these uncommon, but very valuable resources we have discovered:
The library offers free passes to some local family attractions. You check out the passes just like library books. The loan timeframe is 3 days ($1.00/day overdue fine).
- Morris Arboretum: 2 adults, 4 children
- Elmwood Park Zoo: 2 adults, 6 children
- Academy of Natural Sciences: 2 adults, 5 children
- Woodmere Art Museum: 2 adults, 4 children
The library also loans a Kill-A-Watt EZ device that can be checked out for a week. It helps you find out what appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in, saving you money! Simply connect these appliances to the Kill-A-Watt EZ, and it will assess how efficient they are. The large LCD display will count consumption by the kilowatt-hour, the same as your local utility company. It calculates cost and forecasts by the week, month, and year. It will also check the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor.
Mango Languages is an online resource helping you learn any of 71 different languages, not just the common French, German, and Spanish. Simply enter the code from your library card to gain access. They also have iOS and Android apps.
Tumblebooks and Bookflix
For the younger kids, there are two good resources available, TumbleBooks and Bookflix. Both are accessible through the library’s e-resources page. Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love. Read and listen to stories with your child on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. BookFlix, which is accessible through PowerLibrary. It is an online literacy resource for grades pre-K through 3 that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help build a love of reading and learning.
PowerLibrary itself is pretty cool research resource available to all Pennsylvanians. It has things like Auto Repair Reference Center, Consumer Health Complete, newspaper articles from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal (among others), and photo archives.
Last, but not least, is one of our favorites. Whether you want to construct your family tree, or just find out more information about a great grandparent, the library’s subscription to Ancestry.com is a helpful tool in gathering all types of historical family information.
If you are not a member of the Free Library of Springfield Township, head over and become one. It’s free! You never know when one of these gems will come in handy.