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Want a green or gold library card? Riverside jazzes up its cards

By in Press Enterprise on July 29, 2017

By Alicia Robinson

Redesigned library cards are now available to Riverside library patrons — whether you’re a new customer or one of its 240,715 card holders.

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The new cards come in four colors and aim to reflect the broader services and modern materials the library now offers, Riverside Library Director Tonya Kennon said.

Beyond books, movies and music, Riverside’s eight-branch library system now boasts 3D printers, a recording studio, science and engineering kits, and sewing and embroidery machines. Later this year, it will add a toy lending library with interactive toys for children up to 12.

The library also is testing a Redbox-style system to store and deliver DVDs at the Main Library. Soon, self-checkout will be installed at the Orange Terrace library. Several branches offer coding classes and resources for veterans.

As officials plan two new facilities — the Main Library and the Eastside branch will be replaced in coming years — Kennon is pondering innovations such as kiosks and tablet computers that get librarians out from behind the desk. She’s also looking at treadmill stations where people can walk while they use a computer or read.

Today, the library is more than a place to check out a movie or do homework, Kennon said.

“It’s really the community living room,” she said. “It’s the gathering place.”

Check it out

Riverside is offering redesigned library cards.

What: The cards come in green, navy, gold and a reddish shade.

Where: They’re available at all eight branches.

Why: Having a library account allows patrons to use 3D printers, sewing and embroidery machines, a recording studio and other technology and toys, as well as to check out books and movies.

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