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Posted January 15, 2019 | 9:00 AM

Free at Your Hillsborough County Library

Taking on a project? Looking for information or instruction? Make the library your first stop.

A library card is your ticket to an array of free resources for knowledge, prosperity, and fun. Some of them might surprise you.

Many of these opportunities, like the card itself, are accessible on the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (HCPLC) website. You don't even need to step inside a neighborhood library to take advantage of many of its offerings.

Here's a sampling of seven things accessible at no charge through your library. There are more. Check the website for a complete rundown:

Borrow a ukulele and learn how to play it. Twenty ukulele kits, which include a soprano instrument in a case, a tuner, and an instructional book/DVD, are available. And check the HCPLC website for upcoming classes.

Grow your business with the help of information and tutorials. There are workshops, technology lessons, and databases for research and instruction. At some locations, rooms are available for meetings, along with collaborative workstations, whiteboards, and SMART boards.

Learn how to use a 3D printer. With the Tinkercad design software, you can design and print a prototype of your invention. Check the calendar on the HCPLC website for demonstrations of the software, and sessions about 3D printing.

Find out where your ancestors came from by using a variety of materials available in the Genealogy & History collection. You'll find online research tools, historic maps, past newspapers, and vintage photographs.

Record a song or do some other audio/video project in studios at John F. Germany and SouthShore Regional libraries. Cameras, green screens, microphones, and editing software are available.

Learn another language with Mango. Sign in as a guest on the HCPLC website. Enhance your grasp of Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Korean, or English.

Borrow audiobooks, digital magazines, and ebooks, and stream music with HCPLC Connect. Beginning in spring 2019, this new catalog will allow you to search for a variety of online resources. Meanwhile, peruse the website for a variety of digital offerings.

Free access to online courses on Lynda.com and Universal Class also are available. And the Discovery Pass provides free admission to select local museums and attractions.

Look around the HCPLC website, or explore your local library in person. There's lots of things to do, see, and learn - at no charge.

Photo: Children learn basic ukulele skills in a class sponsored by HCPLC and the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society.

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