Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Get your library card today!

Did you know that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month? And, did you know that you can get a free library card for your child and yourself at any of the five Palo Alto City Library branches? It only takes a few minutes to get a card, but the rewards are endless!

Here are some of the benefits of having a Palo Alto City Library card:
- the ability to place requests for and check out books, DVDs, magazines, music CDs, audiobooks and more at the five Palo Alto City Library branches
- access to dozens of online databases and downloadable e-books and audiobooks, including medical journals, reference materials, and business information
All you need in order to get a card is a photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc) and proof of your address, if it's not listed on your ID (a piece of mail works fine). If you're getting a card for your child, your ID will work for them. And there is no minimum age requirement for getting a card, so start them out young to grow into avid library users!
Here are some books you can read with your child to help them get excited about libraries:
D.W.'s Library Card, by Marc Brown

Arthur's sister, D.W., is so excited when she can finally write her own name and get a library card, but will she be able to check out the book she's been waiting for?
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Book! Book! Book!, by Deborah Bruss

The children have gone back to school and the animals are bored on the farm. The hen leads a group into town to look for something to do. See the fun that ensues when they end up at the public library!
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The Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen
When a well-mannered lion shows up in the children's room, even rule-loving librarian Miss Merriweather can't find a reason to make him leave. Soon the library staff and customers learn to love their "library lion." But will he stay with them for good?

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