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Get the Smartest Card @ your library®

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Keene Public wants to make sure that all children in Keene have the smartest card of all – a library card. This year, the honorary chairs of the month-long celebration are the crime-fighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

The Teen Titans are a young group of crime fighters who keep the world safe from the clutches of evil. From Starfire’s green energy beams and power of flight to Raven’s telekinetic and psychokinetic abilities, the Teen Titans have the power, courage, and teamwork to rise to any challenges thrown their way.

Public library programming and books for children make a difference in the lives of students. By providing school-age children with engaging programs and amazing collections, students from all backgrounds become excited and enthusiastic readers. 

Throughout the year, students of all ages can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. Students (and parents!) can get help for any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies and writing. Librarians and in-person volunteer tutors can help but a Keene Public Library card can connect you to a virtual tutor in English or Spanish between 1 p.m. and midnight daily. The virtual tutors work with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and even AP level class work and intro-level college coursework. Connecting with a virtual tutor is easy. You just need a library card and a computer or mobile device with internet access. To connect click here or on the Tutor.com quick link on the library's homepage.

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax with peers.  Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including [list online resources that students can access from home with a library card, like e-books, online homework help, online databases, etc.] that can be accessed in person or online.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and lap sit story times to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs and innovative makerspaces, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college and mentoring programs. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”

"A library card has always been the most important school supply of all," says library director Nancy Vincent." Getting a library card is easy. All Keene residents need to do is bring proof of residence to the library. Minors will also need to come with their parent or guardian.

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter Street, call 603-352-0157 or visit www.keenepubliclibrary.org/library/library-cards.