Written by Lisa Mauch, Content Specialist, Marketing, Downtown Main Library
September is Library Card Signup Month. Everybody knows you can check out books, CDs, DVDs, and even vinyl with a library card. But did you know you can …
Explore the Galaxy
Learn the joys of stargazing with the help of Dean Regas, the astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory. Thanks to his donation, you can check out a telescope along with his book and look to the skies.
Use an Encyclopedia Española
Whether you’re a native speaker or learning Spanish, you can access a Spanish encyclopedia online.
Fix Up Your House
From hanging photos to laying tile, this series of videos can show you how to spruce up your house, inside and out.
Learn to Code
Treehouse courses offer education on a variety of technology-related topics such as coding, web design, and app creation.
Research African American History
African American Archive Collection includes "Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive," a resource devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America and the rest of the world from the 17th century to the late 19th century.
Keep an Eye on State Politicians
Ohio Capitol Connection allows users to follow bills as they make their way through the Ohio General Assembly. Included in the database are current and past state legislation, archived government documents, daily and weekly updates of statehouse news, and legislators’ email, committee assignments, and voting history.
Experience a New Country
Each Culture Gram includes a regional overview, national anthem audio file, maps, statistics, photographs, biographies of well-known people, and a recipe collection.
Become a Day Trader
Morningstar Investment Research Center provides a broad range of investment information to research more than 23,000 stocks and mutual funds; to build and analyze an investment portfolio; and to learn about stocks, mutual funds, and portfolios.
Talk with a Deaf Person
Signing Savvy is a complete online sign language resource that includes a sign language dictionary with thousands of videos, learning tools, and course materials to help you increase your vocabulary and improve your everyday American Sign Language skills.
Travel the Globe
You don’t need a passport to browse every page and all the photographs from the official journal of the National Geographic Society.
Visit a Local Museum for Free
Check out a free pass to go visit the American Sign Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum's special exhibitions, the Cincinnati Museum Center, Great Parks of Hamilton County, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum.
Get started today with your own library card. If it’s your first CHPL card, celebrate on social media and tag us: #cincylibrary!