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The Smartest Card in YOUR Wallet: an HPL Library Card!

--Friends of the Library

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the smartest card your can own. We are pleased nearly 65% of Haverhill’s residents held library cards as of June 30, 2012; we’d love to increase that number to 100%.

When it comes to achieving academic success, a library card provides students with access to a world of both print and electronic resources. Students can access free databases, online homework help and attend programs, activities and clubs that provide an added value to the educational experience. No wonder that 84% of Americans agree that the public library is important to education!

Today’s students learn differently than their predecessors, with studies indicating that students most effectively learn when they are allowed to follow their personal interest. Libraries and librarians are on the front lines of engaging these students, making a library card an essential tool for inspiring a passion for learning.

Today’s libraries provide children and teens with access to new and innovative software and tools for shooting and editing videos, creating their own web comics, composing music and writing blogs. Not only that, but the library comes with an expert in developing original programs and honing these new skills – a librarian. What better place is there to explore and develop new interests then at the library?

This September, open the door to a world of possibilities for the student in your life and sign up for a library card today!