The best investment any parent can make is a library card. It’s free. It opens doors to benefits that kids can’t break, wear out, or outgrow.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Fort Bend County Libraries wants to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans that carry the smartest card of all – a library card.
Studies show that children who are read to in the home -- and who use the library -- perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together; 44 percent of survey respondents report taking their children to the library for this reason.
A library card provides free access to videos, DVDs, CDs, software, and books. Libraries also offer a wide range of other items to lend to children and their families, including toys, games, and puzzles. Most importantly -- librarians are on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various ages and interests.
A library card becomes even more valuable when someone wants to access many of the library’s online resources from home. The cost of subscribing to these databases as an individual would make them unaffordable to many people, but a library card levels the playing field by making them available to everyone free -- as long as you have a library card.
“We want to remind everyone that a library card gives them access to many library resources online 24/7,” said Clara Russell, library director. “The library’s resources that can be accessed through our website – such as the databases, Homework Help, OverDrive eBooks, and other online services – are available and can be accessed at any computer outside the library that has an Internet connection.”
For more information on how you can sign up for your library card, visit any of the branches in the Fort Bend County library system, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677, or see the library’s website and click on the “Online Library Card Application” link.