CGCL par­tic­i­pat­ing in Li­brary Card Sign-up Month

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(CAL­HOUN, GE­OR­GIA) – As stu­dents pre­pare to head back to school, there is one essen­tial school sup­ply that re­quires no shop­ping and doesn’t cost a penny – it’s a li­brary card.

This Septem­ber, Cal­houn-Gor­don County Pub­lic Li­brary is join­ing with the Amer­i­can Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion (ALA) and li­braries na­tion­wide for Li­brary Card Sign-up Month to en­cour­age par­ents, care­givers, and stu­dents to ob­tain a free li­brary card that will save them money while reap­ing re­wards in aca­demic achieve­ment and life­long learning.

Whether it’s pro­vid­ing free ac­cess to STEAM (science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts, and math­e­mat­ics) pro­grams, in-per­son and vir­tual home­work help or tech­nol­ogy work­shops, a li­brary card is one of the most cost ef­fec­tive back-to-school sup­plies. Re­sources at the Cal­hounGor­don County Pub­lic Li­brary are avail­able to any­one with a li­brary card. With a PINES li­brary card you can re­ceive free passes to the At­lanta and Chat­tanooga Zoos, the Car­los Mu­seum at Emory, the Cen­ter for Pup­petry of Arts in At­lanta, and Ge­or­gia State Parks. We also of­fer free com­puter and ESOL (English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage) classes.

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 li­brary re­sources per­form bet­ter in school and are more likely to con­tinue to use the li­brary as a source of life­time learning.

“Through­out the school year, our li­brary of­fers a va­ri­ety of pro­grams to stim­u­late an in­ter­est in read­ing and learning,” said Nyala Ed­wards, branch man­ager. “Story hours, such as Noni’s Nook and Baby Lap Sit and Sign, ex­pose young chil­dren to the joy of read­ing and en­cour­age school readi­ness. Older chil­dren have ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal tools such as our Awe Com­put­ers, Learning Ex­press which is avail­able on our web­site www. ngrl.org, and the help from li­brary staff to uti­lize those re­sources.”

Since 1987, Li­brary Card Sign-up Month has been held each Septem­ber to mark the be­gin­ning of the school year. Dur­ing the month, the ALA and li­braries unite to­gether in a na­tional ef­fort to en­sure ev­ery child signs up for their own li­brary card. For more in­for­ma­tion about how to sign up for a li­brary card, visit please the Cal­hounGor­don County Pub­lic Li­brary in per­son or on­line at www. ngrl.org.

This year, Dis­ney’s the In­cred­i­bles are Li­brary Card Sign-up Month hon­orary chairs, help­ing to pro­mote the value of a li­brary card and bring at­ten­tion to the many ways li­braries and li­brar­i­ans trans­form lives and com­mu­ni­ties through ed­u­ca­tion. Dur­ing Septem­ber, the Cal­houn Gor­don County Pub­lic Li­brary is hav­ing a Li­brary Card Sign-Up Con­test. Peo­ple will have the op­por­tu­nity to sign up for a li­brary card and be en­tered in a draw­ing for a chance to win a prize. If they al­ready have an ac­tive PINES card they can bring a friend to sign up and both of their names will be en­tered in the draw­ing.

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