On the Same Page: Welcome to Medicare Program and more at Reedsburg Public Library

Reedsburg Public Library staff

Reedsburg Public Library offers a number of services that are so tried and true, you may have forgotten them. This week’s article is a reminder to check the library first!

If you have only an occasional use for a computer, printer or fax machine, there is no need to invest in these devices for your home. RPL has nine computers and two laptops for public use. If you only need a printer, you may simply send your document or email directly to the library’s printer from your home computer, tablet or cell phone. Library staff is happy to show you how to do this. Photocopies may be made on the library’s self-service machine for 10 cents per page for black and white copies, and 50 cents per page for color copies. Faxes also may be sent or received at the library for $1 for every five pages.

Similarly, the occasional need for a projector or projection screen hardly warrants the purchase of such items. The library rents two projectors compatible with most computers as well as an old fashioned slide projector and overhead projector. Presentation screens may be checked out for free. The library also checks out sewing machines, a tape recorder, wattage meters and even a karaoke machine!

If you need a quiet space to study, or a room for a meeting, RPL may again come to the rescue! Meeting and study rooms may be reserved from the Library’s website at www.reedsburglibrary.org, or give the Library a call. A large Community Room, the Library’s former “Story Room,” a small conference room, and two study rooms are available to be reserved, as well as a Care Room designed for nursing parents.

Downloadable materials can be easily obtained through commercial services, but again, the Library has them for free. With your library card you have access to thousands of downloadable ebooks, audio books and even movies through Wisconsin’s Digital Library, or its Libby App, or through RPL’s Hoopla platform.

In an era where Internet posts, blogs, and social media all vie for our attention, the Library remains a top source of reliable information. Come in to peruse a number of national and state newspapers, use the EbscoHost resource to find authoritative periodical articles, or look up a published book on a subject. Be sure to ask library staff if you are not finding the information you need!

Finally the Library hosts a number of informational and educational programs throughout the year. If you will soon be close to turning 65, you may want to attend ADRC’s program Welcome to Medicare next Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room. A representative from the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Baraboo will give basic facts about Medicare, and answer any questions you may have. The ADRC does ask that you register for this program by calling them at (608) 355-3289.

If you have questions about any library service or event, call the library at 608-768-READ (7323) or email info@reedsburglibrary.org.