A library card is the coolest card – September is Library Card Month


Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Zion-Benton Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Zion-Benton Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. With a library card, students can log on for free, live tutoring, available from 2:00-11:00 PM each day. The library provides programs for life-long learning, activities for all ages, and resources for job seekers.

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn a new skill, or just relax with peers.  Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including eAudiobooks, eBooks, music, and digital magazines that can be accessed online.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Director Carol Dolin. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM ) programs and innovative makerspaces, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college and mentoring programs. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Zion-Benton Public Library in person or visit the library online at zblibrary.info.

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