September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Posted Sep 4, 2014

   When you were making those Back-to-School Shopping and To-Do Lists did you include the most important item of all – a public library card? If not, now is the time to make sure every member of your family has the smart card.

     There are reasons a library card is called the smart card. A library card gives your young students free and easy access to books, movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, and online databases and homework help resources. Many of these resources can be accessed remotely with a library card. That means kids can tackle those report assignments while lounging in pjs and snacking on popcorn. For those kids who think Sunday night is the best time to start their weekend homework, a library card provides access to online resources 24/7.

  There are also plenty of reasons for preschoolers and kindergarteners to have their own library cards. Being able to check out books on their own cards reinforces that love of books and reading. Having a grown-up card with their name on it gives kids a sense of pride and accomplishment. It is very empowering to little people in a big world. Library cards and the library experience can also be used as teaching tools. Counting how many items were checked out and tracking when they are due on a calendar builds math skills. Using their library cards also gives children real life experience in making choices and being responsible.

  Of course, we also encourage all adults to get a library card. Library cards not only help grow your brain. They also stretch your budget.  You get free access to adult books (printed, audio, and e-books), movies, magazines, and more.  You also have 24/7 access to online databases that can help with everything from learning a new language to auto repair.

   That little piece of plastic packs a lot of power and it’s easy to get.  To find out how easy, click here.

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