September is Library Card Sign-up Month
Charleston, W. VA. – The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books. Librarians are leaders in their communities – helping people of any age to find what they need to help improve their quality of life. This September, the West Virginia Library Commission is joining with libraries across the state, as well as the American Library Association, for Library Card Sign-up Month, an initiative to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.
This year’s theme centers on the Power of a Library Card, and the 2017 honorary chairs are the DC Super Hero team – the Teen Titans. Librarians play a powerful role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy. Older students can also find tools for success at their local libraries, where they can access high-speed Internet and digital tools, as well as working with trained professionals on how best to use these resources.
As new technologies evolve, libraries continue to lead the way in providing access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet service at home. These resources are available to anyone with a library card from a West Virginia public library. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.
“West Virginia libraries provide access and programs for students of all ages,” says WVLC Executive Secretary Karen Goff. “For preschool-age children, libraries offer early literacy resources and story times to encourage school readiness; for older children and teens, we supplement education with multi-disciplinary programs; and for all learners libraries provide opportunities and resources to learn new skills and expand knowledge. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”
West Virginia libraries have more than 932,000 registered borrowers. With programs such as Library Card Sign-up Month, the number of registered borrowers in state public libraries has increased by 5.3% since 2012.
For more information about how to sign up for a library card, West Virginia residents can drop by their local library in person or visit the WVLC online at www.librarycommission.wv.gov for more information.