Library Cards for All!

 

 

     In tough economic times, parents might find it harder than ever to make sure their children have everything they need for school. Luckily, the most important school supply of all does not cost a thing. It’s a library card. Libraries support literacy education by providing teaching resources, space for tutoring, and information and referral services, as well as with access to music, DVDs, the Internet, books and more. By motivating children to read, librarians create lifelong readers, and that makes for better citizens, and that makes for a healthier democracy.
     Of course, library cards aren’t just for kidsA recent report found that the importance of libraries in American life continued to grow in 2010—and accelerated dramatically as the national economy sank and people looked for sources of cost-effective help in a time of crisis. In fact, 68 percent of American adults have a library card. Now more than ever, Americans turn to – and depend on – their libraries and librarians financial information, computer and Internet access, and, of course, books, movies and more. It’s all free with a library card.  
–Richard Thau/Library Director