• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Connect and plug in with your library card

With a library card, patrons can check out so much more than books. No longer just repositories for printed materials, today’s libraries are serving as tech hubs, community centers and DIY spaces that are more about connecting and plugging in.

“A free library card is essential to people of all ages," said ALA President Sari Feldman. “Through our support of education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment, libraries are transforming to create individual opportunity and community progress. Libraries have proven to be a safe haven in times of crisis, a bridge across the digital divide and a catalyst for content creation through nontraditional resources such as 3D printers, recording studios, culinary classrooms and lendable tools.”

Libraries are excellent places to learn about technology. For example, our Computer Training Bridge offers classes from computer basics to web design. Also, in an effort to help library users navigate new technology and help residents connect across generations, many of our branches conduct one on one sessions to teach patrons how to use mobile devices.

To meet the changing needs of patrons, libraries across the country are transforming beyond their traditional roles in order to better serve the public. Joining the ALA in efforts to increase library card registrations is Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair Snoopy, the world-famous beagle from the beloved Peanuts comics.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when the ALA and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. Getting a FCPL card is a simple process and can be done at any one of our locations.

Library Card Sign-up Month is an initiative of the American Library Association.

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