Back in July we began asking people to use their library cards for checkout. Makes sense, doesn’t it? We use our ATM cards at the bank, our gas cards at the gas station, our department store cards at department stores and our credit cards everywhere else. Why not use library cards at the library? It speeds up the process, ensures that the transaction is accurate and protects the user’s account from errors. The vast majority of our users were understanding and accepting; only one or two questioned our reasoning. One comment that got my attention was from a woman, thankfully not a Raynham resident, who asked with a touch of disbelief in her voice, “You mean I’ve got to carry my library card around with me?” “No”, I replied with a smile, “You’ve only got to carry it to the library.”
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when we join public libraries across the country to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card. Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library – to get a library card.
A library card gives you access to the most valuable free service going. It enables you to borrow books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, access resources on local history, download music or e-books, and stream video for research or enjoyment. It allows the use of on sight computer workstations and gives you free access to WiFi. It enables you to receive help in locating materials that answer your questions and connects students to resources for homework assignments. Students can access many resources online through our Homework Resources webpage. There you will find online encyclopedias, full-text articles from thousands of journals and magazines – all that are grade and age appropriate. You can view, print or download the articles to your own computer. All of this for the low, low price of absolutely no money at all.
More than 6,200 folks in Raynham have a library card. Are you one of them? If not, what are you waiting for? Applications are simple. Drop-by the library, show us a photo-ID, give us contact information, and you’ll get your card then and there. Discover what the public library is all about. It’s the best value in town. Dare I say? It’s priceless.