September is Library Card Sign-Up Month in Summit County
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. As Summit County students return to school, family time is often hindered by homework and after-school athletics or social activities. A public library card is your ticket to free educational resources and activities that bring families together. Libraries not only provide resources that support early literacy and lifelong learning to parents and children, but truly transform how families spend time together.
Cardholders have free access to a family destination that provides a spectrum of free services, including: digital workshops for all-ages; children and adult programming; area book clubs; children’s story times; game nights and much more. Families are integral to a child’s development, as shown by data collected by the Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), for its report, “Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement.” The report highlights the importance of libraries, with their rich digital environment and hands-on resources, and skilled librarians helping parents to guide their children’s learning. Libraries are spaces, it notes, that embrace the entire family across every generation and offer constructive outlets for family engagement, including makerspaces, preschool activities and teen writing clubs.
Throughout Library Card Sign-Up Month, Summit County Library will give out Hershey’s Kisses, stickers and bookmarks to all new patrons who receive their new library cards. All residents are encouraged to stop by one of three locations in Silverthorne, Frisco or Breckenridge to get a new library card. Look for this year’s Library Card Sign-Up Month Honorary Chair, Snoopy, the world-famous beagle featured in the “Peanuts” comic strip. He calls attention to the supportive role libraries and library professionals play in the education, academic achievement and development of children.
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when the ALA and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
During the month of September, new Summit County residents and visitors will need one of the following identification to obtain a card:
Colorado Driver’s License with current local address
Summit County Property Tax Receipt; with identification
Colorado vehicle registration with current local address
Rent receipt with current local address
Lease agreement with current local address
Local pay stub
Letter from employer (on letterhead) or employee identification card
Utility bill addressed to applicant at current address
Bank book, check book, savings account book containing current local address
Applicant’s name listed in current phone book white page
Passport containing local address
Voter registration containing local address
For more information on obtaining a library card, go to http://summitcountylibraries.org, click on the “learn & explore” tab and “How do I.”
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