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Library Card Sign-Up Month

09/01/2017 06:20PM ● Published by Manda Koolis

“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. It is Library Card Sign-up Month, which began in 1987, when Secretary of Education William J. Bennett said “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.

Libraries today offer a broad array of free materials, services, and 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 alike.

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 – For today’s video game obsessed youth, the array of children’s educational computer software and games found in libraries is a welcome. You’ll also find 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, audio books, and ebooks – In addition to large collections of print fiction, non-fiction and reference books, libraries offer audio books on CD and typically carry unabridged editions. Many libraries now offer ebooks as well in many different formats.

Computer & Internet use – Nearly all libraries today offer free computer access for browsing the Internet as well as basic word processing programs to Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

Inter-library loan – If your library or local branch doesn’t carry a particular book or item you’re looking for, most now have inter-library and reciprocal loan programs. So your library can request the material from another library for you, or you can use your library card at other libraries in nearby communities.

Online catalog – Nearly all libraries have their own websites with access to their complete catalog. You can browse or search for materials from home to determine availability. If the item you want isn't available, you can usually reserve it or request inter-library loan right from your computer.

Special events – Libraries offer a wide array of programs, events, and activities. These may include children’s story times, computer classes, enrichment programs, book discussion groups, used-book sales, author events, children’s and teen movie and craft events, and much more.

 

Where is a library near you?

 

Fort Walton Beach Library | 85 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, FWB, FL 32548

Okaloosa County Library C-P | 204 Partin Dr. N, Niceville, FL 32578

Mary Esther Public Library | 150 Sibert Avenue, Destin, FL 32541

Robert L. F. Sikes Public Library | 1445 Commerce Dr., Crestview, FL 32539

Valparaiso Community Library | 459 Valparaiso Pkwy, Valparaiso, FL 32580

Shalimar Library and Thrift | 115 Richburg Avenue, Shalimar, FL 32579

Harlan's Square Little Free Library | 2278 Harlan Avenue, FWB, FL 32547

Walton County Coastal Branch Library | 437 Greenway Trail, SRB, FL 32459

Walton County Library | 261 Flowersview Blvd., Laurel Hill, FL 32567

Walton-Defuniak Public Library | 3 Circle Drive, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435

Freeport Public Library | 76 FL-20, Freeport, FL 32439

Gladys N Milton Memorial Library | 261 Flowersview Blvd., Laurel Hill, FL 32567

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