This article was contributed by the San Benito County Free Library.
This September, the San Benito County Free Library is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers, and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
A library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond. From STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs and family storytimes, to makerspaces and in-person or virtual homework help, libraries transform lives through education.
Libraries offer free and fun educational resources and activities that bring families and communities together. The San Benito County Free Library offers homework club, adult and family literacy tutoring, Lego Club, crafts programs, family movie days and much more!
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to at home and who use the library perform better in school, and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
“Our library programs serve students of all ages,” said County Librarian Nora Conte. “For younger children, we offer early literacy resources to help them learn to read and encourage school readiness, and for teens and older students, we provide access to technology and digital tools as well as GED resources.”
This year, Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are going on adventure as Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month. In their role, they will promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries transform lives and communities. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.
For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit the San Benito County Free Library in person at 470 Fifth Street in Hollister, or online at http://www.sbcfl.org.