The Fourth of July holiday was barely over when stores had their back-to-school supplies on display, but the most useful and valuable school supply you can get for your child is not to be found on those shelves. A library card and regular trips to the library will improve your child’s education more than the big box of crayons, 5 stretchy book covers, and a 6 section Trapper Keeper notebook combined.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Back in 1987, then Secretary of Education, William J. Bennett launched this observance when he issued the challenge, “Let’s have a national campaign…every child should obtain a library card – and use it.” Actually, many children using the Colbern Road Branch are already library card holders and are being taught the responsibility that goes along with the privilege. But, a library card isn’t just for children.
Have you lost your library card? Has it been washed away by the sea, carried off by a giant bird, dropped in a geyser at Yellowstone, eaten by your dog? Has your key to knowledge gone missing? Don’t worry! All you need is 50 cents, and you’re on your way to a replacement card. Just visit your local branch and your problem is solved. Your friendly neighborhood librarian can set you up with a shiny new card, and get you on your way to using all the resources we have to offer.
Most of us have a grocery store card, bank card, insurance card, or a credit card, but who has a library card!? You may be thinking “What do I need a library card for?” A library card can be quite useful, and there are no charges or hidden fees.
What can your Library card do for you? Our MCPL branches are more than just buildings with books. Take a look at 10 fantastic ways to use your Library card. Your Library card can help you "check out" what you may be missing!
Don't Forget to Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month!
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and to celebrate, MCPL staff wants to encourage you to come in and get a library card. Since a library card is the most important school supply of all, we have been making an extra effort to ensure that parents and students have a chance to get one.
One day, not too terribly long ago, I took one of my daughters to lunch. We had a great meal and excellent service. When it came time to pay, I discovered that I did not have any form of payment in my purse. I quickly realized that I had left my credit/debit card in the pocket of a pair of pants I had worn the day before. Thankfully, the manager was very sympathetic and allowed me to drive home to retrieve a form of payment, and I didn’t have to wash any dishes.