Many people, regardless of whether they still actively use the library, can tell you about their first library card. I remember my mother taking me to our neighborhood library and bringing home a pile of books, which I then had to keep away from my little sister! Besides fueling a love of reading, having a library card let us feel ownership of our choices, taught us responsibility, and gave us access to anything we ever dreamed of learning.
This September, the St. Johns County Public Library System joins with the American Library Association and our friends, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Bo Peep from Toy Story 4 to promote the value of the public library card during our annual National Library Card Sign-Up campaign.
The library card is a small but mighty tool in your wallet. At a permanent cost of zero dollars, the library card unlocks a world of information, reading and viewing material, and there is something for everyone, regardless of stage of life. Parents of the earliest readers can use their library card to explore Overdrive’s Read-Alongs and Picture Books. Students may want to check out our Homework Help database, which utilizes a graphic interface to aid the research needs of students in kindergarten through grade 5. Adults can explore other languages and cultures through fiction, travel guides and online language learning. Your library card also means you will never again be stuck in an airport of waiting room without something to read: thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital Magazines are available for free, anywhere, anytime with your library card.
Throughout the month of September, you, too, can help spread the word about the value of libraries. Ask your friends if they have library cards. If not, let them know what the library does for you and how they can open up their own worlds through a simple library card. With six library locations throughout St. Johns County, and two travelling bookmobiles, you are sure to find a library near you.
Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson