The best investment any parent can make is a library card. It’s free. It opens doors to benefits that kids can’t break, wear out, or outgrow.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Fort Bend County Libraries wants to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans that carry 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 provides free access to videos, DVDs, CDs, software, and books. Libraries also offer a wide range of other items to lend to children and their families, including toys, games, and puzzles. Most importantly — librarians are on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various ages and interests.
A library card becomes even more valuable when someone wants to access many of the library’s online databases from home. The cost of subscribing to these databases as an individual would make them unaffordable to many people, but a library card levels the playing field by making them available to everyone free — as long as you have a library card. Since a library card is free, how can parents afford not to give their children such a valuable tool?
For more information on how you can sign up for your library card, visit any of the branches in the Fort Bend County library system, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677, or see the library’s website at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us and click on the “Online Library Card Application” link.