September is National-Library Card Sign-up Month, and local libraries across the country are relaying to parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
Celebrated throughout the month of September, National Library Card Sign-up Month encourages people to check out what is new at their library by signing up for a library card. Libraries today offer more than just books– they have videos, CDs, computers, Internet access and more. Libraries also are dynamic community centers; many have coffee shops, homework centers, book discussion exhibits, musical performances, story hours and other programs for children and adults, and librarians are on hand to help.
Library cards are free of charge– simply go to your local public library and fill out an application. Generally, to obtain a library card you must provide proof of residency, but please contact your local library to determine eligibility.