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Library offers resources and programs

Books line the library shelves on  Feb. 5, 2020 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The library offers many resources and hosts several programs for the base population. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Books line the library shelves on Feb. 5, 2020 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The library offers many resources and hosts several programs for the base population. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Patricia Cantrell, 325th Force Support Squadron library aide, reads a book to children Feb. 5, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The library offers a weekly story time for preschoolers on Wednesdays mornings. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Patricia Cantrell, 325th Force Support Squadron library aide, reads a book to children Feb. 5, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The library offers a weekly story time for preschoolers on Wednesdays mornings. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Children work on crafts during story time at the library, Feb. 5, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Story time is held Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Children work on crafts during story time at the library, Feb. 5, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Story time is held Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Children and their parents work on crafts during story time at the library, Feb. 5, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Story time is held Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Children and their parents work on crafts during story time at the library, Feb. 5, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Story time is held Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Board games are on display in the library Feb. 5, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The library holds a board game night on the first Friday of each month. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

Board games are on display in the library Feb. 5, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The library holds a board game night on the first Friday of each month. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The library at Tyndall Air Force base offers more than just books and computers.

Patrons can visit the library not only to utilize resources, but also to take a break from their daily routines.

“The library provides everyone on base, Airmen and families, a place they can come to check out entertainment and get their minds off of things that have been bothering them,” said Patricia Cantrell, 325th Force Support Squadron library aide.

One of the library’s priorities involves providing materials and hosting events for children.

“I think the most important thing we can do is, if a kid wants a book, find the book, and put it in the kid’s hands,” said Rudy Martinez, 325th FSS library aide.

The library holds a weekly story time for preschoolers on Wednesday mornings, where children are able to listen to stories and make a craft to take home. There are also many children’s books for them to check out and read.

“We have everything from board books to young adult books,” said Emily Copeland, 325th FSS library technician. “We also have launch pads, which are effectively learning tablets for children from two or three years old to teens.”

Other materials the library offers for check out include fiction and nonfiction books, first run movies, video games, and test prep study guides. The library also hosts board game nights on the first Friday of every month.

For those interested in learning more about resources available, the library holds Lunch and Learn Library Lab programs.

“People don’t realize they can download movies, stream music, check out e-books, check out audio books, and learn anything they can imagine, and these are all resources that are available to them for free,” said Martinez. “During Lunch and Learn, I show people how to access them and how to take advantage of all of these things.”

The library is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the library at (850) 283-4287.