School is now well underway, and you may find there is one essential school supply you’re missing. Fortunately, this school supply requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny – it’s a library card.
This September, the Casa Grande 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.
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 Casa Grande Public Library will host several activities, including the first ever Kindergarten Library Card Drive.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show 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. The Casa Grande Public Library and local schools have partnered to promote literacy and reading through a special pilot program that will kick-off during National Library Card Sign-up Month.
“Two of the most commonly cited barriers to access for families are transportation and the fear of late fees,” says Amber Kent, Library Manager. “This new project aims to tackle both barriers.” Kindergarteners who register for a library card through their school will be eligible for a very special library card that does not accrue any late fees. Once they’re registered for a card, students can visit the library with any caregiver and will have the option of returning material borrowed to their school.
To introduce resources available through the library, all kindergarten classes have been invited to schedule a field trip to either of the library branches in Casa Grande. They’ll have another opportunity to visit the library as part of a special family event in the spring. “We’re very excited to share library resources with our youngest students and make it easier for families to take advantage of the wealth of resources the public library can provide,” says Kent.
This project is made possible by financial contributions from the Friends of the Casa Grande Public Library, United Way of Pinal County, The Studio of Dance, and the Pinal Lodge #30 Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona.
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 Casa Grande Public Library in person or online at www.casagrandeaz.gov/library.