These days, public libraries aren't just for borrowing books. Here are a few ways they have evolved to help their patrons with everyday tasks.
The Montauk Library is now offering patrons the opportunity to borrow a blood pressure monitor kit for up to 28 days. The library also offers exam proctoring and notary public services and processes passport applications. Appointments are required.
The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is also offering passport appointments. It has applications, forms, and addressed priority envelopes and can help with renewals and replacement passports. There is a $35 fee per passport application and a $10 fee for passport photos taken at the library.
Also at the Hampton Library, Tuesday is Shred Day between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. "Have your paper clutter shredded by a professional and secure shred truck . . . for FREE!" the library said in a release. If you're busy, you can schedule an early drop-off. "Please note: plastic, carbon paper, hanging files, Redwell folders, cardboard, newspaper, and magazines cannot be accepted." Clips and staples, however, are okay.
The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor frequently hosts Medicare counselors to help senior citizens, with an upcoming session on Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There's also a "Library of Things" that offers Wi-Fi hot-spots that people can borrow for broadband internet access.
At the East Hampton Library, there are frequent "safe-driver" courses, one-on-one technology assistance sessions, support groups, and more.
The Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton Village also offers wifi hotspots, passport services, an electronic video magnifier, and Chromebook laptops that can all be borrowed or scheduled.