Although Worthington Libraries leaders are happy the library is the place where you borrow books, DVDs and more, we also pride ourselves on developing the services you need and want before you realize you need or want them.

Although there are some services you should expect, we offer others that might surprise you. Read on to learn more about unique services you'll want to know more about.

Voice assistants

Use your voice to find out what's happening at the library. With an Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker, or with the Google Assistant app and your smartphone, you can ask about Worthington Libraries events.

An Alexa Skill and a Google Action, both developed specifically for the library, are available. Once enabled -- directions to do so can be found on the library's website at worthington-libraries.org/visit/services/voice-assistants -- you can search for events at any of our locations.

Ask your smart speakers or smartphone questions like: What's happening today at Worthington Park Library? Are there any events for teens at Northwest Library this weekend? What's going on tomorrow at Old Worthington Library?

GoChip Beams

If there's a summer road trip in your future, try a GoChip Beam to keep the kids entertained on a long car ride or to expand your in-flight movie choices.

GoChip Beam is a wireless hotspot for watching TV and movies anytime, anywhere, on any device, even without internet. Each GoChip Beam holds five movies or one season of a television show.

Up to eight devices can connect to the GoChip Beam simultaneously. The rechargeable battery lasts four hours.

You'll find GoChip Beams near the circulation desk at each library location. Worthington Libraries card holders can reserve them in the library catalog and pick them up at a Worthington Libraries location.

For more information about the GoChip Beams, go to worthingtonlibraries.org/visit/services/gochip-beams.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.