You can always find information on the web with a quick Google search. But how do you know the information you end up with is reliable? How do you pick the resource to use from among the hundreds that pop up? A trusted alternative is the Lyons Community Library web site, which lists a variety of educational resources, research tools, mental health resources, and even recipes.
During this time when the library is closed and we’re all staying at home, our library staff has assembled an extensive listing of educational resources that you can find right on the home page. Want to brush up on your algebra? Learn another language? Learn to code computers? Take a virtual tour of the Louvre Museum in Paris? It’s all there.
The Research Tools page, under ONLINE RESOURCES, is also filled with links to helpful web sites. I was able to go to the Auto Repair Source and get step-by-step instructions for bleeding the squishy brakes on my old Acura RDX. Or search for detailed information on virtually any subject in the entire online Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. If you need free legal help, check out the Legal Information Reference Center, which has easy-to-understand advice on everything from starting a business to estate planning to patents.
When our beautiful new physical library was open, the Lyons community embraced it; during this coronavirus interlude, take the time to embrace the virtual library. There’s something there for everyone.
Bill Palmer is a trustee on the Lyons Community Library District Board and chairman of its Communications Committee. He has been a Lyons resident for 25 years.