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Interview with:, Parker Hamilton
Director of Montgomery County Libraries
21 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
240-777-0002
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/libraries/index.asp

Type of services available….
  • Free Computer Use. Free use of Computer either on line or off line and use of printer.
  • Free Internet and Computer Classes.
  • Help With County Government Programs and Services.
  • Apply to and use any County Government Programs including jobs, housing, jobs, senior fare cars, bus schedules. Apply for county government jobs.
  • Free Tax Help Free Tax Preparation and Tax Forms.
  • Free English Classes Practice speaking English or practice speaking Spanish.
  • Free Help Applying For A Job.
  • Free Use Of Expensive On-Line Databases For example ebooks, learn a language, genealogy, preparing a business plan, investment help.
  • Free Reference Librarian Walk in, Phone, Email, On Line Chat Provide answers to easy or hard questions from answers to cross word puzzle questions to investment advice.
  • Free Programs For Children and Teens.
  • Free Place To Give A Speech.
  • Oh Yea! They are also a great place to find a good book.
The New Library
We all grew up going to the library to get our first library card, then spending hours deciding which books to bring home. Yes, libraries still have books, but they now have so much more. You can check out CDs and DVDs; you can access hundreds of databases for free (sometimes even from home!); you can even go to lectures, book discussions, as well as the story times for tots. In addition, many libraries bring books to the housebound, allow you to reserve books from home, and more. Every library across America also is host to a Summer Reading program for kids to keep them exploring and expanding their universe (and their vocabulary).Unusual library programs also exist that expand beyond what you usually think of when libraries come to mind.
Tool Lending Libraries are everywhere. Most are operated either through your local public library or through your city. You can generally take out a tool at a very small fee for a set amount of time. One of my workers borrowed tools from the City of Takoma Park Maryland’s Tool Lending Library, saving her family thousands of dollars as they renovated and repaired their home. You can check out post hole diggers, power steamers, tile cutters, drills, clamps, levels, hedge trimmers, rototillers, and much, much more. Some Tool Libraries offer workshops on topics such as plumbing repairs, power tool safety, and working with a router.

Some libraries we found include:

Temescal Tool Lending Library
Oakland Public Library
5205 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
CA 94609; 510-597-5089;
http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Branches/temtll.htm
http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Branches/tll_toolsched.html

( listing of tools and rates )
Berkeley Tool Lending Library
Berkeley Public Library
1901 Russell St. Berkeley
CA 94703; 510-981- 6101;
http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/about_the_library/neighborhood_branches/tool_lending_library/

Columbus Mobile Tool Library
2771 E. 4th Ave. Columbus,
OH 43219;
614-645-8542;
http://development.columbus.gov/NeighborhoodsandResidents/housing/homeowner/mobile_tools.asp

North Portland Tool Library
2209 N. Schofield, Portland
OR 97219; 503-823-0209;
http://www.northportlandtoollibrary.org/

Income:$1,000,000
State: All
Age: All
Subject Category: Living Expenses/Other/Housing
Money Type: Service
Contact:
Temescal Tool Lending Library
Oakland Public Library
5205 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
CA 94609; 510-597-5089;
http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Branches/temtll.htm
http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Branches/tll_toolsched.html( listing of tools and rates )
Application: NA

Tools For Your Service Project
Some tool libraries deal only with non-profit service projects. The Atlanta Community ToolBank is one and now has over $500,000 worth of tools and equipment that helped 725 service projects to completion last year. The mission of the ToolBank is to assist community-based organizations to complete service projects. They will add new tools upon request from organizations. Contact The Atlanta Community ToolBank at 55 Ormond St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30315; 404-880-0054; http://www.toolbank.org/Another organization that offers a similar service is the Hands On Greater Portland, 1621 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97210; 503-413-7671;
http://www.handsonportland.org/AboutUs/index.php/tools.html

Income:$1,000,000
State: All
Age: All
Subject Category: Non-Profit/Other
Money Type: Service
Contact:
The Atlanta Community ToolBank at 55 Ormond St.
SW, Atlanta
GA 30315;
404-880-0054;
http://www.toolbank.org/
Application: NA

How Much Energy Do You Use?
Want to save energy, but don’t know where to start? Many energy companies loan out tools which help you to track your energy usage. You can see how much your refrigerator costs to run, how to reduce cold spots, and check your electrical safety. Obviously you can only borrow the tools from the library if you use their power.
Some tools include Kill A Watt Electric Meter, Etcon GFI Tester, EMF Meter, Watts Up Watt-Meter, and more. Contact Silicon Valley Power, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050; 408-244-7283; http://www.siliconvalleypower.com/res/?sub=toollibrary Similar programs include Focus On Energy, Tool Lending Library, 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, WI 53719; 800-762-7077; http://www.focusonenergy.com/Information-Center/Tool-Lending-Library/ Contact your energy company to see what they have to offer at www.govengine.com

Income:$1,000,000
State: All
Age: All
Subject Category: Living Expenses/Other
Money Type: Service
Contact:
Silicon Valley Power
1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara
CA 95050;
408-244-7283;
http://www.siliconvalleypower.com/res/?sub=toollibrary ; or www.govengine.com for your local utility
Application: NA

A New Toy A Week At No Cost To You
That’s right- a new toy as often as you want. Well actually they are available through Toy Lending Libraries that are scattered across the country. The USA Toy Library Association serves as a network for these types of libraries and you can access their website at: http://usatla.home.comcast.net/~usatla/ and you will find a directory of this type of library. The mission of Toy Libraries is to encourage play and healthy development in children, and they help make this possible by providing quality toys and play opportunities. Most of these librariesoperate from non-profits of child care organizations.

Some examples include:

Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library
5401 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh
PA 15232;
412-682-4430;
http://www.pghtoys.com/

West Sacrament Toy Library
The Civic Center
1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento
CA 95691;
916-617-4620;
x http://www.cityofdavis.org/pcs/childcare/library.cfm
Check the USA Toy Library Association website to see if there is a toy library near you. USA Toy Library Association, 1326 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091; 847-920-9030; http://usatla.home.comcast.net/~usatla/

Income:$1,000,000
State: All
Age: All
Subject Category: Kids/Other/Non-Profit
Money Type: Service
Contact: USA Toy Library Association, 1326 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091; 847-920-9030; http://usatla.home.comcast.net/~usatla/
Application: NA

How Do Bands Do It?
They perform new music every year, but the cost of sheet music alone must be astronomical. There are many sources of sheet music including over 70 libraries. The Cleveland Public Library has over 20,000 individual songs. The Detroit Public Library has over 600 pieces of 19th and 20th century sheet music dating between 1799 and 1922, including songs from the Civil War, abolitionism, and emancipation. Many colleges also have extensive collections, such as Duke, Indiana and MIT. Check out this website to see more information about the various libraries: http://library.duke.edu/music/sheetmusic/collections.html

Income:$1,000,000
State: All
Age: All
Subject Category: Arts/Other/Non-Profit
Money Type: Service
Contact: http://library.duke.edu/music/sheetmusic/collections.html
Application: NA

Tools For Your MG
Well if you are a member of the Chicagoland MG Club you are in luck. The Club has a tool lending program where you can access the special tools necessary to get your car up and running. This is for members only, but it makes me think that other organizations and associations may offer a similar service. Contact your organization to see what they have to offer.

For the MG tools members can contact

Chicagoland MG Club
P.O. Box 455
Addison, IL 60101;
630-858-8192;
http://www.chicagolandmgclub.com/members/tool_lend.html

Income:$1,000,000
State: All
Age: All
Subject Category: Living Expenses/Other
Money Type: Service
Contact:
Chicagoland MG Club
P.O. Box 455
Addison, IL 60101;
630-858-8192;
http://www.chicagolandmgclub.com/members/tool_lend.html
Application: NA

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