Lexington’s public libraries are good for more than just books, movies, and music– although there’s no shortage of any of those resources, including rentable ebooks, whether you’re looking for education or entertainment. Taking a look at the Lexington Public Library’s events calendar can shed some insight on the wide array of services available, from tax filing assistance to book discussion groups to fun activities for kids.

Book Discussions

The Beaumont branch of the public library hosts a monthly book discussion group, with the upcoming months’ picks listed on the library’s website. There is also the Books and Brews Book Club, which also hosts regular book discussions, albeit at breweries rather than the library itself if you’re interested in grabbing some refreshments with your literature.

Giveaways

At any of the six Lexington public libraries, you can enter to win a monthly kids’ gift basket giveaway– often involving a variety of books, as you might expect, but with other toys and creative supplies included, for any kid in your life who’s already proving to be an avid reader.

Tutoring

Any student K-12 can work with volunteers at any of the Village Branch’s Homework Help events for help on school assignments, or with arts, crafts, and other fun activities.

AARP Tax Assistance

As tax season approaches rapidly, several branches of the library are offering by-appointment AARP Tax Assistance, which can be scheduled by calling (859) 428-7437.

Destination Kindergarten

Alongside their various other services for kids, including free snacks provided by God’s Pantry, the public library hosts Destination Kindergarten, a program of educational and fun enrichment activities intended to help children prepare for grade school.

Gallery Hops

The Central Public Library location periodically hosts gallery hops within its art gallery, which feature the works of various local artists.

Classes

The various Lexington Public Library locations also feature a variety of classes in technology, digital media, and language learning. For instance, the Northside branch’s digital studio is a space where those seeking video, audio, photo, and other media editing technology and resources can go to hone their skills. There are also resources available for learning over seventy different languages through the public library.

Podcasts

While you don’t have to take a trip to one of the public library locations to access the library’s podcasts, not everybody may be aware that podcasts like Tales From the Kentucky Room, which focuses on Lexingtons’ storied and fascinating history, or Library Cooks: A Virtual Cookbook Review, which tests and reviews various popular cookbooks and their recipes, are available for streaming on platforms such as iTunes and Stitcher.