2017-09-07 / News

Win prizes at the Public Libraries of Saginaw during Library Card Sign Up Month

SAGINAW – The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books. Librarians are leaders in their communities – helping people of any age to find what they need to help improve their quality of life. This September, the Public Libraries of Saginaw is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, an initiative to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

The theme for this year’s Library Card Sign Up Month is established by the American Library Association. This year’s theme is Teen Titans! Throughout September, the Public Libraries of Saginaw is offering several incentives to new library card applicants. Apply for and receive a new Public Libraries of Saginaw library card during September and get entered into several prize drawings, including drawings for graphic novels, movie/concession passes, SkyZone passes, and Saginaw Bay Comic Con passes.

New and current cardholders can visit the libraries during September and take their picture with a life-size superhero cutout. Post the photo to Facebook with the tagline #SaginawLibraryCard. Make sure the photo is public and get entered into the drawings.

Libraries build a foundation for children’s future success starting from the earliest stages of development. Librarians play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy. As of 2010, children’s programs accounted for nearly two-thirds of library programming in the United States, with more than 2.3 million children’s programs nationwide. Older students can also find tools for success at their local libraries, where they can access high-speed Internet and digital tools, as well as working with trained professionals on how best to use these resources.

As new technologies evolve, libraries continue to lead the way in providing 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 service at home. Close to 90 percent of libraries offer digital literacy training to help students of all ages navigate today’s changing world; many also offer high-tech innovations like laser cutters and 3D printers, providing hands-on opportunities for creative exploration.

Resources at the Public Libraries of Saginaw are available to anyone with a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” said Jennifer Harden, marketing director. “For preschool-age children, we offer early literacy resources and storytimes to encourage school readiness; for older children and teens, we supplement education with multidisciplinary programs; and for nontraditional students, we have GED resources. Adult patrons find plenty of inspiration, guidance, and entertainment. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

For more information about how to sign up for a library card, visit any branch of the Public Libraries of Saginaw in person or online at www.saginawlibrary.org/librarycard.html.

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