2007-09-06 / Letters to the Editor

Get a library card this month

Today's kids are well outfitted. Parents make sure their kids have the gear they need for all of their activities- uniforms for soccer, safety helmets for bike riding and new backpacks and binders for a new school year- but they might have overlooked the most important supply of all.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, the perfect time to make sure kids are equipped with a library card. A library card can give kids access to free homework help, materials to do research for their papers or information for their next book report. It can also help make life after school more fun, with free access to music, DVDs, the Internet and more.

Of course, library cards are not just for kids. According to a recent household survey by the American Library Association, 44 percent of parents report that they bring their children to the library because it gives them something to do together. Parents can help their children explore new interests and, at the same time, enjoy a family program or pick out a best seller for themselves. Best of all, family time at the library won't break the bank. The library and all its resources are free with a library card.

This month, make sure your kids gear up for school by signing up for a library card. No matter how crammed the backpack, or your family's schedule, there's always room for the smartest card of all, a library card. Get it. Use it at your library.

Rowena Burke Children's & Young

Adult Librarian

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