Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Smartest Card in Your Wallet

September is Library Card Sign Up Month in the United States because the American Library Association wants to remind all parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Owning a library card provides students with the resources they need to compete academically. Most public libraries (nearly 90%) provide students free access to databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and resources. In addition, public libraries are the number one access point for free Internet access, an important resource for families without access at home when 96% of school districts require students to use the Internet to complete their homework.

But library cards aren't just for kids. Adults can enjoy the benefits of library membership as well. The ALA has published a list of 52 ways to use your library card. I won't reprint them all here, but I thought several were worth noting to show the breadth of services available at today's libraries.

#17 Book a meeting room for your club or organization.
#25 Learn about the history of your hometown.
#30 See a new art exhibit.
#41 Trace your family tree.
#47 Take a class on how to use your new digital device.

You can download the entire list here.

How do you use your library card?

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