The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books. Library staff help students find what they need to succeed in school and in life. This September, Alachua County Library District is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, an initiative to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.
“Our libraries provide access to digital resources and innovative programs for students of all ages,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “For preschool-age children we offer early literacy resources and Storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with multidisciplinary programs and for nontraditional students we offer lifelong learning opportunities. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”
Today’s libraries offer the tools needed to expand knowledge and skill sets with access to the world’s information both in print and digitally, plus hands-on training in makerspaces and innovative programming.
Visit www.aclib.us/events for a complete list of September programs for all ages.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, the bookmobile and library staff will be at O’Leno State Park’s Literacy Day event in High Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and sign up visitors for library cards. College students can learn more about library services and sign up for a library card at Smathers Library on the University of Florida campus September 11 to 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Santa Fe College campus in the Oak Grove area on September 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Library cards are free to those living in Florida. Borrowing privileges are granted on the spot after signing up with proper identification.
This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month. Crime-fighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are teaming up with the American Library Association to show students the power of a library card. Visit www.ala.org/librarycardsignup for more information about Library Card Sign-Up Month. For information about your local library visit the Library District’s eBranch at www.aclib.us or call (352) 334-3900.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).