“A library card,” says the American Library Association, “is the most important school supply of all.” September marks not only the start of a new school year, but it’s also Library Card Sign-up Month.
It all began in 1987 with Secretary of Education William J. Bennett proclaiming, “Let’s have a national campaign…every child should obtain a library card – and use it.” It is an observation still honored by the ALA and public libraries throughout the country.
Here in Northwest Ohio, we’re lucky to have the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and all of the services they offer. In addition to a broad array of free materials, you’ll find free educational classes, helpful services and fun family activities. These are just a few of the great reasons to make the library an integral part of yours and your child’s life.
Movies & films – Today’s libraries offer a great selection of mainstream movies and television series as well as educational, independent, and foreign films on DVD for children and adults.
Music CDs – Music is the universal language. Your can check out pop, rock, and country CDs and even introduce your kids to a great selection of classical, jazz, blues, international music and more.
Computer software & games – There’s a wide array of children’s educational computer software and games found in libraries, along with teen and adult video games, instructional and reference software, and productivity software ranging from Microsoft programs to graphic design.
Periodicals – Newspapers, magazines, and special interest periodicals are available for both in-library use and for check out.
Books, audiobooks, and ebooks – You can check out audio books on CD and typically carry unabridged editions, as well as ebooks in many different formats.