September is national Library Card Sign-up Month. Across the country, libraries are reminding their communities about the benefits of owning and using a library card.
In Central Minnesota, residents need only provide a valid Minnesota ID with current address (or photo ID with secondary current address documentation) to receive their library card. The card provides access to all items owned by Great River Regional Library at its 32 locations, and access via interlibrary loan to items on library shelves across Minnesota and even out-of-state. Approximately 960,000 items are available within Great River Regional Library via the online catalog:
- Books, from board books to large print
- Music CDs, including classic rock, soundtracks, and sentimental favorites
- DVDs, with blockbusters, how-to, and foreign films
- Audiobooks on CD
- A growing digital library of downloadable books and audiobooks
- Library computers, printers and copiers
- Internet access through each branch library’s wireless connection.
Studies show that 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. They are more likely to grow up as readers, and readers are more likely to be productive members of our society. In other words, libraries are good for the community.
The library’s preschool programs help develop reading readiness and are a fun way for kids and families to make connections. Author presentations and book clubs provide opportunities for community engagement that keeps older Minnesotans young at heart. And in between, teens and adults can share their enthusiasms in arts and crafts classes, as well as movie nights, anime clubs, and other fun programming. The library is a safe place and a welcoming place for the community.
Libraries are tax supported, so residents are able to enjoy library resources without additional charge. The process to get a card takes only ten minutes to complete. Get your library card today to enjoy all of the benefits a library card provides.