The library has always been a place where children and adults can escape into a world of media. Ranging from fantasy to real life and everything in between, the library has it all and more with the advances in technology and access to the Internet.
Military installations around the world through the Department of Defense Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program provide libraries as a benefit to service members and their families. In fact, installation libraries are some of the busiest places on installations always offering a "family friendly" atmosphere. There are so many reasons to visit your installation library, but here are just a few of the opportunities available to you and your family.
Reading programs for all ages
The MWR library system is committed to literacy for all age groups. In support of that commitment, installation libraries offer reading groups, story times and reading program parties to get children excited about reading. Every summer, DoD launches a summer reading program to inspire children and adults to read throughout the summer. This year's program is entitled "Have Book - Will Travel!" Research shows that students who read throughout the summer score better in reading achievement tests in the fall and have better literacy and analytical skills. For more information about DoD's 2013 summer program, visit the DoD-MWR Summer Reading Program site.
In addition to the summer programs and reading groups for children, installation libraries also offer book club opportunities for adults where you can share your thoughts on a good book and connect with other who share your interests.
What's available at your installation library?
If reading is your passion, your installation library is the place to go. They have the standard print media—books, magazines and newspapers—along with online materials like ebooks, audio books and downloadable books.
If you love watching movies, check out the DVD section of your library for the classics as well as the latest releases.
MWR libraries have the most up-to-date databases and online tools for you to use for research for school projects or work. Need tutoring? Your child can get that as well at your installation library through an online program called Tutor.com.
You can also access information about investment and genealogy tools, read your hometown newspaper, find out about colleges and careers, even learn a foreign language and so much more. If you like board games, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, or arts and crafts, your installation library may offer classes and supplies to get you started. Stop in to see what your library has to offer.
The MWR libraries have computers and printers, as well as copiers and fax machines for you to use. Many libraries are now equipped with Wi-Fi capability, so you can bring your own computer or tablet with you to the library.
Whether you or your children have important work to get done, or you just want a place to relax and maybe escape to another place and time through reading, your installation MWR library is just the place for you.
Not all libraries have the same hours, materials or media, so be sure to find out about your specific installation library by going to MilitaryINSTALLATIONS to find out what's available.