Get Carded @ the Library

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Date Posted:  9/2/2002

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is @ your library™--it's your library card.

The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William Bennett who said: "Let's have a national campaign…every child should obtain a library card - and use it." Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child has access to one of the most unique institutions in our democracy: the library.

Library cards are free to those living in the library's service area. In most cases, borrowing privileges are granted on the spot. To get a library card, you will need to provide the following identification:

An Oregon Driver’s License

Oregon Motor Vehicle Identification Card with a current Central Oregon address

If neither of the above is current, a driver’s license or passport for picture and signature identification is required along with ONE of the following items for proof of Central Oregon address:

Motor vehicle registration

Current utility bill in applicant’s name

Voter’s Precinct Card

Imprinted checks.

Fishing and/or hunting license.

Lease/rental agreement.

Deed to real property.

Property tax statement.

Personal mail postmarked within that last 30 days. it just takes some form of identification, proof of residency or the signature of a guardian.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. 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 lifelong learning and opportunity.

Today's libraries are modern community centers for information, education and entertainment. Libraries offer books, magazines, audio- and videotapes, computers, access to the Internet and other multimedia materials. A wide range of other items can also be loaned to children and their families, including toys, games and puzzles. Most items can be borrowed for home use simply by showing a library card. And librarians are on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various ages and interests and teach critical information literacy skills - the skills to find, use and evaluate information in all formats.

Libraries also offer a variety of programs and events to stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Preschool story hours expose young children to the joy of reading, while homework centers provide computers and assistance to older children after school. Summer reading clubs keep children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as "summer learning loss." Movies and puppet shows are other popular offerings.

Check it all out @ the Library!

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