Septem­ber is Li­brary Card Sign-Up Month at Chi­nook Arch

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - CON­TRIB­UTED

If you haven’t been to your lo­cal li­brary in a while, you might just be amazed at what your li­brary card can do. With Septem­ber be­ing Li­brary Card Sign-Up Month now is the time to visit your lo­cal li­brary to sign-up or re­new your ex­ist­ing card.

Since 1987, Li­brary Card Sign-Up Month has been held each Septem­ber to mark the be­gin­ning of the school year. It’s a fit­ting re­minder of the value that a card can bring to your life – no mat­ter your age or in­ter­ests.

“The li­brary is no longer just a build­ing full of books,” says Robin Hepher, Chi­nook Arch Re­gional Li­brary Sys­tem CEO. “Today’s li­brary meets you wher­ever you are. You can bor­row au­dio­books, TV shows, on­line cour­ses, and more us­ing your phone or tablet. The li­brary is still the best deal in town!”

The lo­cal li­brary is a wel­com­ing space that any­one can en­joy, with or with­out a card. Pro­grams are free to the pub­lic, as is the Wi-Fi. How­ever, a li­brary card al­lows the holder to check out books, DVDs, and video games; some li­braries even of­fer toys, board games, camp­ing equip­ment. Of course, one of the mod­ern draws of own­ing a li­brary card is ac­cess to an ar­ray of on­line re­sources. Au­dio­books, eBooks, eMagazines, and on­line news­pa­pers are just the be­gin­ning; card­hold­ers can also ac­cess in­ter­ac­tive lan­guage lessons, take on­line cour­ses, down­load ed­u­ca­tional apps for chil­dren, or get home­work help – all for free.

Another draw of the Chi­nook Arch mem­ber li­brary card is the abil­ity to search for items on­line, place a hold, and have them de­liv­ered to your lo­cal li­brary.

“Chi­nook Arch is made up of 33 in­de­pen­dent li­braries that share their col­lec­tions, ex­per­tise, and re­sources,” ex­plains Hepher. “No mat­ter where you live in south­west­ern Al­berta, you have ac­cess to over 850,000 books, movies, and more – and thou­sands of dig­i­tal re­sources that you can ac­cess any­time, any­where!”

If all that wasn’t enough to en­tice you, any­body that signs-up or re­news their li­brary card in the month of Septem­ber will be en­tered to win a prize. Adults have the chance to win a new tablet, while chil­dren can win a $100 Toys R Us gift card.

To find your lo­cal li­brary, visit: www.chi­nook arch.ca/about-us/mem­ber-li­braries

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