"Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card," Author Marc Brown, "Arthur's Library Song"
Greenwich Library has launched My First Library card for babies and young children. 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.
Library cards were previously only available to children who were able to write their own names. Library staff hope to encourage reading at a critical stage in a child's development and studies show that children who are read to in the home and who regularly 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 Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library Director. "Families can borrow books and other library material; attend story hours, concerts and special events. 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.
"My First Library cards are available to children who live in Greenwich," says Mahoney. "Simply bring proof of residence to our circulation desk anytime we're open. You'll be checking out library materials in no time."