September is Library Card Sign-up Month — a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. A library card is free at any member library of the Northwestern Regional Library.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
Libraries offer a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Preschool story times expose young children to the joy of reading. Computers and staff assistance are available to older students after school. Summer reading clubs keep children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as “summer reading loss.”
As the culture is shifting, today’s libraries are finding new and innovative ways to extend their collections and services, providing access to a wide variety of tools, both high-tech and low-tech, to empower their communities. NC LIVE is a resource rich database available to all at no charge and has information for everyone.
In addition to books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, computers, and programs, libraries offer access to e-books and wireless access. E-books are available at ninety percent of US libraries. The Northwestern Regional libraries offer a variety of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, and children’s books including the 2015-2016 Battle of the Books titles.
Today’s public libraries are thriving technology hubs that many rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access and digital content. Free classes and one-on-one instruction on technology, Internet, and resources are available. Libraries help start businesses, create resumes, search for jobs, and apply for jobs online. Libraries help people connect with government and their communities, complete online forms, and use online government services.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit your library in Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties, or visit the Northwestern Regional Library website at www. nwrl.org.