library card sign up month
Hopefully, you’re inspired from yesterday’s post and quickly signed up for your library card. The American Library Association created this list of 52 ways to use your library card. So go ahead and explore your library to its fullest.
52 Ways to Use Your Library Card
(for each week of the year)
1. Take the kids to see a free movie.
2. Download an e-book.
3. Update your Facebook page.
4. Learn about job seeking resources.
5. Find a list of childcare centers in your
6. Learn about local candidates for office.
7. Pick up voter registration information.
8. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
9. Pick up a DVD.
10. Get free wireless access.
11. Attend a family game night.
12. Attend a resume writing workshop.
13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
14. Attend a family crafts workshop.
15. Attend a lecture or workshop.
16. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
17. Book a meeting room for your club or community organization.
18. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
19. Get help with homework.
20. Look up all kinds of health information.
21. Start a parents and teens book club.
22. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
23. Take a cooking class.
24. Research your term paper.
25. Learn about the history or your city or town.
26. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
27. Explore new opportunities and research
technical schools, community colleges and
28. Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.
29. Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
30. See a new art exhibit.
31. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
32. Broaden your world by checking out cookbooks of foods from other cultures.
33. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
34. Learn a new language with books or online databases.
35. Get a book from interlibrary loan.
36. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
37. Take a computer class.
38. Find a new hobby.
39. Take out the latest fashion magazine.
40. Enjoy a concert.
41. Trace your family tree.
42. Check out a special collection of rare books.
43. Investigate a legal questioner issue.
44. Follow your friends on Twitter.
45. Learn about home improvement.
46. Borrow some sheet music.
47. Take a class on how to use your new digital device.
48. Get involved – join you library’s Friends group or teen advisory board.
49. Pick up tax forms.
50. Connect with other people in the community.
51. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.
52. Take a fitness class.
The library opens up so many possibilities to individuals and the community. It’s a shame that so many libraries in the United States faced with economic troubles have closed. My own city closed two libraries. It is during challenging times that individuals most use their public library. The library provides résumé workshops, job search tutorials, technology support, guest speaker seminars, research on computers, and much more. It’s a safe place where individuals interact with the community and gain information. At the library you can learn a new language, listen to audio books, sample new music, complete homework, catch up on the latest DVDs, attend book readings, participate in summer reading programs, listen to story hour, socialize during teen activities, watch monthly movies, and provide endless reading materials. The best part of the library is that all these activities are FREE for EVERYONE.
September is library card sign up month. The process couldn’t be more simple to get a pass for all materials at your finger tips. Most libraries you need to be at least age 5 and can write your name. Normally, children thirteen and younger need parent or guardian permission. You also need to present some proof of residency. Here are some links that promote library card sign up month and information about libraries.
http://atyourlibrary.org is a wonderful site that gives you overall information about everything you can do at the library, how to use your library, locate a library, reasons to use a library, and additional information such as individual’s connections to the library. (For example, author readings and guests such as Julie Andrews who provide comments about the library.)
Library Association (ALA) provides a brief overall of the event.
The readwritethink organization link provides numerous activities, classroom resources, event description, and additional links.
This is a cute Arthur cartoon video about all the fun that you can have at your library.
In an earlier post, I gave a book description for Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. I think it’s a great introduction for younger ages to become excited about the library. I added the link, so you don’t have to search for it.
The message is clear: get your library card today. It’s almost silly not to get a card, since it’s so easy to obtain. Enjoy all the wonderful materials and resources for FREE!!!