Students are back in school and fall is just around the corner. There is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny – it’s a library card.
This September, Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.
And it’s free!
Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at the Sallisaw library are available to anyone with a library card.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show 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.
“Throughout the school year, our library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning,” said Bethia Owen, librarian. “Story hours expose young children to the joy of reading and encourage school readiness, while older children have access to technology and digital tools, and help from library staff to use those resources.”
This year, Disney’s The Incredibles are Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries and librarians transform lives and communities through education.
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, visit please Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library or call the library at 918-776-4481.
Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library has something for everyone. And everyone is invited to the free luncheons and book reviews on Sept. 12 and 26.
On Sept. 12 Owens will review “Blood Moon” by John Sedgwick. A story of the century-long blood feud between two rival Cherokee chiefs.
On Sept 26 Diana Curry, Fort Smith Public Library Genealogy Specialist, will share her knowledge of searching your family history. An Ancestry DNA kit will be given as a door prize during Curry's presentation.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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