September is "Get a Library Card" Month

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In tough economic times, parents might find it harder than ever to make sure their children have everything they need for school. Luckily, the most important school supply of all does not cost a thing. It’s a library card. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Libraries support literacy education by providing teaching resources, space for tutoring, free access to music, DVDs, the Internet, books and more. By motivating children to read, librarians create lifelong readers, and that makes for better citizens, and that makes for a healthier democracy. Of course, library cards aren’t just for kids.

A recent report found that the importance of libraries in American life continued to grow in 2010—and accelerated dramatically as the national economy sank and people looked for sources of cost-effective help in a time of crisis. In fact, 68 percent of American adults have a library card. Now more than ever, Americans turn to – and depend on – their libraries and librarians financial information, computer and Internet access, and, of course, books, movies and more.

"Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship."- Oprah Winfrey

It’s all free with your library card.

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