Does your child have a library card? If not, September is the perfect time to get one because it's Library Card Sign-Up Month!
Signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning, then-Secretary of Education William Bennett said in 1987 when he launched Library Card Sign-Up Month.
I recently let my daughter get her own library card. She is so proud to use it!
Here are five reasons you should let your child proudly carry a library card:
1. A library expands your child’s horizons
Visiting a library is a risk-free way to explore the world through books, movies, music, and more. Getting your child a library card allows children to choose their own materials, which helps them find series and topics that interest them.
Plus a library offers something you can’t find anywhere else — a librarian! Librarians are valuable resources when it comes to finding the perfect book — they can suggest a new release or a classic that perhaps your child wouldn’t have thought of reading without their assistance. Utilize their expertise!
2. A library card teaches self-discipline
Libraries offer a plethora of options for the avid reader. Since most libraries have a limit on how many books you can check out at one time, your child will have to decide which books he or she wants to check out at any given time — a great way to learn self-discipline!
And if the book they want isn’t available? That’s OK! They will learn how to wait for the book they want (delayed gratification can be a difficult concept for any of us to grasp these days!)
3. A library card saves money
I’m a big fan of books and think it’s important to have your own books at home, but the cost of books adds up fast! A library card allows children to try out new titles and branch out with new topics and ideas without spending a dime ... as long as you return them on time!
Curious about how much you're saving? Help your kids find out the value of your library usage by using this "What's Your Library Worth?" Calculator.
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4. Visiting the library encourages community building
Libraries are often a center of the community, with a wide range of events and classes open to people of all ages and backgrounds. Our local library's recent events included a lineup of story times, magic shows, informational classes, and more! Attending events and classes can open up a whole new community to a child.
5. A library card teaches responsibility
Getting your child a library card holds them accountable by making them responsible for keeping track of the books they borrow and for making sure they are returned on time. Children take pride in knowing they are in charge of their cards and books. They'll also learn that with responsibility comes consequences ... especially if they lose a book or return it late!
Libraries are amazing public places, and a library card can open up new worlds to your child. Get your child a library card today!