Supporting the fourth “E” at the Marin County Free Library!

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As many children in Marin County return to school this week with backpacks, pens, pencils and notebooks we’d like every child  to  get  the most important school supply of all- a library card! Not only does having a library card provide a world of information and educational support it’s also free! 

In March of this year the Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted the resolution “Recognizing the Importance of Education” – in outlining the needs and focusing on priorities it says:

 WHEREAS:  The children of Marin require a wide range of skills and competencies in order to achieve productive and positive lives. These include basic life skills, social skills, communication skills, job readiness skills, vocational skills financial literacy, health information and academic skills.

The supervisors added the fourth “E” to their list of priorities - along with Economy, Environment and Equity. Our wonderful school system does an excellent job of educating our youth and your public library is also ready, willing and able to support learning in after school hours. The Marin County Free Library offers a rich assortment of materials, programs and services to support the fourth “E”- education!  

September is national library card sign-up month, and this year the Marin County Free Library is making a special effort to remind parents and caregivers that a library card is about books and a whole lot more. Your Marin County Free Library card can be used at any public library in Marin and at Dominican University.

Your free library card lets you:                                                    

  • Check out books, DVDs, books on CD, music CDs and magazines
  • Download ebooks, audiobooks & videos from home
  • Access premium online resources for research and learning
  • Use the library's public computers and internet

We also encourage parents to use public libraries with their children - to model positive information seeking and reading behaviors. According to a 20-year study conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno families with books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain - by 2.4 years! Public libraries are a way to get more books into the home, at no charge.

Today's students learn differently than their predecessors. Studies indicate students learn most effectively when allowed to explore their personal interests. Staff at your local public library is ready to engage students of all ages and inspire a passion for learning. That's why we provide regular storytime classes for young children to learn through stories and active play, summer reading programs, and fun events throughout the year for all.

But why let the kids have all the fun? Public libraries have something for everyone, and if you're not using your public library, you're missing out! Sign up the children in your life (and yourself) for a free library card today. To get a library card, just fill out the online form and then come into the library with photo ID and proof of address to receive your library card. It's easy!

Then tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. Happy back to school, with the smartest card you can own -- a library card!

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Posted By Sara Jones

Sara Jones is the Director of the Marin County Free Library.

This is an official blog for the Marin County Free Library.

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