Library offers resources and programs

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  • By 2nd Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald
  • 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

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.