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Troy Polamalu says, "The library card is the smartest card in my wallet. Sign up for yours today." An education proponent, Troy finished his Bachelor's degree in history last year saying that he wanted to "emphasize the importance of education." While I don't know whether he used his library card specifically to help him in his education, it's a good bet that he did. I do know that it's a smart move to get one and use it to help you in your education!
Since September is Library Card Sign-up Month, it's a great time to remind parents, children, and college students that a library card is the most important school supply of all and to show you a few of the ways that the Alachua County Library District can help you.
- For adults, each of our branches offers a free adult literacy program set up on your own pace and time schedule with an individual tutor. If becoming a volunteer tutor is of interest to you, you must be 18 years or older with a high school diploma, patient, and willing to work with someone for at least an hour a week.
- Books, books, and more books on almost any topic you can imagine. Classic fiction for high school literature, ABC books for beginning readers, books for reports on sharks, how-to-homeschool books, and education books to bring new ideas into the classroom.
- Our Youth Services department can help UF and SFC students with materials to meet the needs of for assignments in classes like Children's Literature, Introduction to Folktale, Classroom Reading, and Intro to Music Education.
There is so much more that the library offers, but the first step is to come in and get your library card. Then our staff will help you find the materials and programs that best fit your needs. So you are probably asking now what must you do to get your library card and what must you bring with you?
- Florida residents 18 years of age and older must present photo identification and proof of current residency in person at any Library District location.
- Minors (ages 4-17) must come in WITH their legal guardian who must have his/her own photo ID, proof of current residency, AND a form of ID for the child. To see the complete list of acceptable forms of ID for the child, please visit our library card information page.
In conjunction with all the other back-to-school activities, make signing up for a library card for you and the students in your life a priority.