National Library Week

Library Director Roslin Thompson

September is Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind everyone that a library card is the key to limitless opportunities.

Parents can get a library card for children who turn five years old. The application is free and simple, as we only require a parent’s permission and a photo ID (driver’s license, passport or government-issued identity). Parents and legal guardians have to be of good standing, that is not have impending fines of more than $2 at the library. Parents and legal guardians are then linked as responsible parties to the minor.

As many as 20 items can be checked out on a card. Homeschoolers who check out items for learning may request a four week checkout period. Most items check out for two weeks and can be renewed twice, as long as there are no holds on the item.

Your library card also enables access to free e-books and audiobooks 24/7 through Bridges, where thousands of items can be downloaded onto mobile devices such as a Kindle, iPod, iPad, tablet or laptop; free music through Freegal; or access to academic and career resources such as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, CNA practice tests, and more on Learning Express.

You will find that a library card can be a powerful tool to open the door to information and entertainment.

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