September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and Greenwich Library wants to make sure that your child has the smartest card of all - a library card.
Studies show that 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.
"A library card has always been the smartest card of all," says David Brownwood, president, library board of trustees. "Patrons can research job opportunities; attend a lecture or concert; join one of 10 book discussion groups or start their own; check stock portfolios or download an audio book for their commute. And it's all available for free at Greenwich Library."
According to a recent household survey by the American Library Association, 44% of parents report that they bring their children to the library because it gives them something to do together. Parents can help their children explore new interests and, at the same time, enjoy a music or business program or choose a best seller for themselves. Best of all, a visit to the library won't break the bank- the library's resources are free.
September is a busy month at Greenwich Library. Patrons will learn business skills from presentations like "Managing Your Money" on September 10, "Turbo Charge Your Web Research" on September 12, and "Getting Published" on September 17. Theatre fans should check out "Fiction," a staged play reading on September 13 and the new weekly Shakespeare series on Richard II beginning September 17. The Friends Cole Concert Series on September 28 will feature Peng Peng, the 15 year-old piano prodigy. These programs are free and open to the public through the support of the community.
"Greenwich Library cards are available to those who live or work in Greenwich," says Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, the library's acting director. "Simply bring proof of residence or employment to our circulation desk anytime we're open. You'll be checking out library materials in no time."