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Listen to Snoopy: September is Library Card Sign-up Month

NEWS RELEASE August 23, 2016
Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, (856) 772-1636 ext. 7323
mamorosi@camdencountylibrary.org      http://www.camdencountylibrary.org
 

World’s most famous beagle urges kids, students, even adults – to get one now!

Snoopy returns as Honorary Chair for Library Card sign-up month this September. (ALA Graphics)

VOORHEES, NJ – Aug. 23, 2016 – Snoopy is back in the library to make sure everyone gets a library card. The American Library Association has once again enlisted the world’s most famous beagle to tell everyone that September is Library Card Sign-up Month, inviting them to join their local public library.

Libraries are not just places to find and borrow books. They are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. In fact Camden County Library offers over 1,400 programs for children, tweens, teens and adults each year.

Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development. They can teach parents and caregivers how to help their children get ready to start school. As of 2010, libraries in the United States offered more than 2.3 million children’s programs, which account for nearly two thirds of all library programming.

Camden County Library System joined the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program last year and to date over 650 families have read 50,550 books with their children. Nine children have read over 1,000 books and have already been added to the library’s reading hall of fame.

Starting in September the library is offering First Visit Kits for younger children getting their first library card. The kit includes a stylish bag with early literacy and program information, plus a board book the child can keep. The kits are part of the library’s First Steps in Lifelong Learning program featured in the fall issue of the library’s quarterly newsletter, “Imagine that …”

          Homework Help for Elementary and High School students Available

Library membership also provides advantages for the families of children already in school, older students and adults such as online homework help from any Internet connection, free access to Tutor.com and on-site tutoring at some branches.

Kid’s Zone and Teen Space are special sections on the library’s website that include homework help in a variety of forms. Resources organized by different subjects and multi-subject sources can be accessed from these pages.  

For more specific help on a homework assignment or problem, card members can get free live, one-on-one help through Tutor.com at http://www.camdencountylibrary.org/tutor . The Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown and Riletta L. Cream Ferry Ave. branches offer homework clubs during the regular school year.

Library card holders have access not only to tens of thousands of books, but DVDs, CDs and magazines as well as online electronic resources like downloadable movies, music, magazines and much more.

“Libraries provide the gateway to a world of opportunity and discovery,” states Freeholder Bill Moen, liaison to the Camden County Library System.  “If you don’t already have a library card, I encourage you to get one today.”

Professional librarians and trained staff at eight branch locations are available to help visitors navigate the vast information sources provided in print and in electronic form. Camden County Library regularly offers free classes on using computers and some of the technology that is changing and shaping today’s world.

“There are so many good reasons to get a library card. A library card sounds like such an ordinary, mundane thing but in reality it is so much more.  A library card gives residents free access to services that range from career readiness, computer instruction and early literacy to the latest best sellers, e-books, DVDs or audiobooks.

There’s a reason our moto is ‘Dream, Explore, Imagine.’ Your library card can be the key to so much,” stresses Linda Devlin as Camden County Library Director.

Residents and businesses in 26 different municipalities can get a free library card for the Camden County Library System.  Others may buy a card for a nominal fee. For more information, go to http://www.camdencountylibrary.org/get-library-card or visit one of eight branch locations.

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Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

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