September is national Library Card Sign-Up Month, and Snoopy is returning as Honorary Chair. In Jamestown, Prendergast Library is using the occasion to ask area residents to be sure a library card is in their wallet.
“Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school, and we’re taking the opportunity this month to remind parents that library cards help children succeed,” said Director Tina Scott.
At Prendergast Library, children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with photo ID and proof of current address to sign for a permanent library card.
It is also possible for people to register for a temporary ID online that allows them to place holds, download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines and use the library’s online databases for 21 days.
For full access to all library materials, adults can then obtain a free library card at the Circulation Desk by presenting photo ID and proof of current address. For out-of-state residents, cards are $10 per year.
All patrons, including children, are required to have a current library card in order to access the Internet. Visitors may use WiFi on their own devices without a library card.
Besides books, Prendergast Library has downloadable audio books, audio books on CD, music CDs, DVDs, eBooks, digital magazines and puzzles for children to borrow, plus computers with educational games for use during library visits.
Children’s activities include Lego and Minecraft clubs, storytimes for babies and toddlers up to 3 and ages 3 to 5, family activities every Saturday and teen events.
Ongoing programs for adults include coloring, Knitting4Peace, Thrifty Crafters, Scrabble Club, and Happy Stampers. A new Tong Ren healing class has been added at noon on Mondays. During September, there will also be a three-part series on caregiver tips presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.
For information about getting a card, check the website at prendergastlibrary.org, call 484-7135 or visit the library at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown.