Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tap into a great educational tool


    As students head back to school this September, we encourage parents to visit the Hailey Public Library and make sure their children and teens sign up for the most important school supply of all—a library card.  
    September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the smartest card you can own.  
    When it comes to achieving academic success, a library card provides students with access to a world of both print and electronic resources. Students can access free databases and online homework help, as well as attend programs, activities and clubs that provide an added value to the educational experience. It’s easy to see why 84 percent of Americans agree that the public library is important to education.
    Today’s students learn differently than their predecessors, with studies indicating that students most effectively learn when they are allowed to follow their personal interests. Libraries and librarians are on the frontlines of engaging these students, making a library card an essential tool for inspiring a passion for learning.
    Today’s libraries provide children and teens with access to new and innovative software and tools for shooting and editing videos, creating their own web comics, composing music and writing blogs. The library also comes with an expert in developing original programs and honing these new skills—a librarian. What better place is there to explore and develop new interests than the library?
    This September, open the door to a world of possibilities for the student in your life, and sign up for a library card today.
LeAnn Gelskey
Director, Hailey Public Library




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