Each fall heralds the beginning of a new school year and that means that starting in July (or even earlier) we start to see school supplies fill store shelves. Notebooks, folders, backpacks, lunch boxes, calculators and more fill our Facebook feeds, newspaper advertisements, and television commercials.
But did you know that one of the most important school supplies is free and available year round at your Alachua County Public Library? Library cards provide students with access to print and electronic resources that are vital to their school success. Some children in Alachua County do not have a library card for a variety of reasons. The Alachua County Library District and the School Board of Alachua County have entered into a partnership for the School Library Card Pilot initiative.
This initiative seeks to provide every student in Alachua County Public Schools with a student library card. The student library card will allow students to:
- Borrow three print or audio books at a time
- Borrow eBooks, eMusic, eAudiobooks, or eMagazines through www.aclib.us/media
- Access eSources such as Tutor.com, World Book Online, Learning Express, Lynda.com, Transparent Languages, and Biographies in Context. Visit www.aclib.us/esources to access the eSources.
- Utilize computers at any of the 12 ACLD locations or 2 Bookmobiles.
Students who already have library cards are still eligible for a student library card if they would like. During the first few weeks of school, parents and guardians will receive a form that allows them to opt out of the program. To get your student a student library card, you just do nothing when the form goes home. It’s that easy. For our friends that don’t attend an Alachua County Public School, please know that this is our pilot year and we will be investigating partnerships with other interested schools for future upcoming school years. Feel free to visit www.aclib.us/studentcards for more information.
Even if you don’t have a student library card, your library card is still the smartest school supply you can use. Children ages 4 and up can register for a library card with a parent or legal guardian at any location or bookmobile. Parents or legal guardians just need to show photo ID with their current address and some form of identification that connects the child with the adult. Examples include: birth certificate, school registration, passport, insurance card, or report card.
We hope that you will take advantage of National Library Card month this September and use your library card, renew your library card, or register for your first library card. Participate in great programs, connect with other community members, and discover all of the treasures that can be found at the Alachua County Public Library.