Keep the O.S. library open

There are many things you can do from your home computer at the Ocean Shores library website. Of course, the catalog is online and you can search for books, CDs, and DVDs, request items be reserved for you to pick up, and renew items you have out.

There are also free services available, for example, a subscription to the Wall Street Journal ($5 a week online), Heritage Quest genealogy, and Antique/Collectibles pricing. The ProQuest service provides information on subjects like Art/Films, History, Medicine, Literature, Science, and Business. It allows you to search, then search within the results to narrow down your subject.

Then there are databases of information. You might say you just use Google to look things up, but there you typically get thousands of results to sift through often with unknown sources. The library databases search academic journals, periodicals, and newspapers and retrieve a reasonable number of results from trusted sources. Some of the subject databases available are health, military, legal, religion and philosophy, computers, and biographies.

There are also several general purpose databases to search. One advantage of using these is you can limit your results to a date range and you can get a subcategory listing of your results.

Then there are the free eBooks and audio books. Thousands of books are available to download free to your computer, eReader or tablet. Washington Anytime Library allows you to download free current books and audio books for up to two weeks at a time.

You can find these services by choosing “Electronic Resources” from the library home page ( Our library is not just about books anymore. Please vote “yes” on Aug. 7 to keep the library open.

Marlene Penry

Ocean Shores