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September is Library Card Signup Month!

Transform your school year with a library card – September is Library Card Sign-up Month

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, Robey Memorial Library is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide 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.

Libraries build a foundation for children's future success starting from the earliest stages of development. Librarians play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy. As of 2010, children's programs accounted for nearly two thirds of library programming in the United States, with more than 2.3 million children's programs nationwide. 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 equity of 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. Close to 90 percent of libraries offer digital literacy training to help students of all ages navigate today's changing world; many also provide hands-on opportunities for creative exploration.

Resources at the Robey Memorial Library are available to anyone with a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

"Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages," says Cate St. Clair, Library Director. "For preschool-age children, we offer early literacy resources and story times to encourage school readiness; for older children and teens, we supplement education with multidisciplinary programs; and for nontraditional students, we have GED resources. There's really something for everyone, and it's all free with a library card."

Smartest CardBesides over 23,000 books; 1,500 audiobooks and Music CDs; 1,500 DVDs; and 100 magazines and newspapers for all ages, library card holders also have access to:

  • Over 29,000 eBooks; 9,000 digital audiobooks, and 71 videos through our virtual library—BRIDGES (www.bridges.overdrive.com)
  • Unlimited access to more than 100 language courses for English & non-English speakers--Transparent Language
  • Access to Gale Resources—digital periodical content with nearly 20,000 titles, 57 collections of full-text articles
  • Access to Chilton Automotive Library—authoritative automotive repair covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years
  • Over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages through LearningExpress Library

For more information about how to sign up for a library card, visit the Robey Memorial Library in person or online at www.waukon.lib.ia.us.