Posted Sep 18, 2019
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. If you or your children don’t yet have a card, it’s the perfect time to get a “smart card” for every member of the family. It’s easy, fast and best of all – free. Your card can be used at any public library in Milwaukee County. To learn how, click here.
Some parents may think it’s more efficient to have kids use a parent’s card, but there are plenty of reasons why children should get their own cards. The benefits of having a library card go well beyond the check-out desk. It can provide experiences in a variety of important life skills.
Responsibility – Keeping track of what has been checked out and when materials are due back at the library, as well as caring for library card and materials checked out teaches responsibility and consequences.
Empowerment – Having a “grown up” card with their name on it is empowering for children. It gives kids a sense of identity and self-confidence. The ability to get books, movies, and endless information is powerful.
Accessibility – A library card gives kids free and easy access to books, movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, online databases, and homework help resources. Many of these resources can be accessed remotely with a library card. For those kids who think Sunday night is the ideal time to start weekend homework, a library card provides 24/7 access to information online.
Decision-Making – A library card also provides opportunities for children to make choices. How many items should they check out? How many will they realistically be able to carry home? If parents have set limits, which items will be checked out today and what will wait for the next library visit?
We know there is a direct link between children’s exposure to a variety of books and success in reading and school. What better way to give children that exposure than with a library card?
Of course, we encourage all adults to get a library card. Library cards not only grow your brain. They also stretch your budget. You get free access to adult books (printed, audio, and e-books), movies, magazines, music and more. You also have 24/7 access to online databases that can help with everything from learning a language to auto repair to career development.
Stop in to get your card and learn more about our programs and services.