National Library Card Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month:
Transform Your School Year With a Library Card

The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books. Librarians are leaders in their communities – helping people of any age find what they need to help improve their quality of life. This September the Vermilion Parish Library is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, an initiative to make sure every student has the most important school supply list of all – a FREE library card.

Libraries build a foundation for children’s future success starting the earliest stages of development. Librarians play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy. As of 2010, children’s programs accounted for more than two-thirds of library programming in the United States, with more than 2.3 million children’s programs nationwide. Older students can also find tools for success at their libraries, where they can access high-speed internet and digital tools, as well as working with trained professionals on how best to use these resources.

As new technologies evolve, libraries continue to lead the way in providing equity of access to digital tools and median, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet service at home. Close to 90 percent of libraries offer digital literacy training to help students of all ages navigate today’s changing world; many also offer high-tech innovations like laser cutters and 3D printers, providing hands on opportunities for creative exploration.

Resources at the Vermilion Parish Library are available to anyone with a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages.” says Library Director Charlotte Trosclair. “For preschool-age children, we offer literary resources and storytimes to encourage school readiness; for older children and teens, we supplement education with many different programs; and for nontraditional students, we have GED resources. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

For more information on how to get your own library card, visit your local library.