Today’s libraries are about more than books. They are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Linden Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.
Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development, by teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness. As of 2010, libraries in the United States offered more than 2.3 million children’s programs, which account for nearly two thirds of all library programming.
Older students can access high-speed Internet, digital tools and the opportunity to work with trained professionals on how to use them. Librarians provide guided training in digital media and grow digital literacy skills. Libraries also provide equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet access in the home.
Libraries are also a training ground for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. The development of makerspaces is just one way libraries are seeking to meet this demand, ranging from low-tech, hands-on engineering opportunities for children and teens using toys and kits to the incorporation of high-tech tools like laser cutters and 3D printers.
Resources at the Linden Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.
Students have access to computers (with permission from their parents), free wi-fi, Lego Club, Coding Club in cooperation with the Union County 4-H, movies, and various children’s programs. For preschool age children we offer early literacy and story times to encourage school readiness.
Anyone who registers for a new library card, during the month of September, will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift Visa card donated by the Friends of Linden Library.
For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Linden Public Library in person or visit the library online at http://www.lindenpl.org/.