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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Altadena Public Library Celebrates Free Library Card Sign-up Month For September

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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 Altadena Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Altadena 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.

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 how to use a 3D printer or just relax with peers. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Brainfuse, Khan Academy and EBSCOhost which contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, full text on more than 500 reference books and over 107,000 primary source documents that can be accessed in person or online.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Mindy Kittay, Director. “For preschool-age children we offer early literacy 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.”

Throughout the course of the month, the library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Altadena Library, will offer a free book from the Friends Bookstore for every new library card issued (up to a $5 value). Also during the month of September we will replace any lost library cards for free!

For more information, the Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library on the web at www.altadenalibrary.org.

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