Mary Newkirk, Adult Services Librarian
The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: “Let’s have a national campaign…every child should obtain a library card – and use it.” Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that. A library card may be the most important school supply of all.
Ten reasons everyone should have a library card:
1. You are already paying for it. During these tough economic times, why would you pay double for something?
2. Save money. While you may want to own a few favorite titles, do you really need all those books? Anyone who has ever moved will tell you, “Moving boxes of books stinks.”
3. You get to try titles and genres you might otherwise miss. You may not want to plunk down $20 just to find out you that you detest the latest craze in vampire romance novels.
4. Reading broadly makes you smarter. Studies have repeatedly shown that vocabulary development, language acquisition and background knowledge are all improved in those who have been exposed to a variety of information.
5. You can get more than books with your library card. The library offers an amazing array of products and services: DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers, movie nights, computer use, homework help, college prep, kid & teen programs, author visits, career planning, and free classes.
6. Libraries are better than bookstores. If the bookstore doesn’t have a title or subject you are searching for, you can get it through Interlibrary Loan. The library also has 24-hour online access. Bookstores close, but you can access databases and reference information while sitting in your pajamas.
7. Free WiFi. No more mocha latte obligations for you.
8. You can have a mobile library with you on your smart phone or device. The fastest growing library use is downloading ebooks and audiobooks.
9. You can find a comfortable, friendly, welcoming spot away from all those ‘honey-do’ jobs.
10. You will keep all the librarians happy talking about their first love – books!
Tumblebooks isn’t just for kids anymore! With your MPL card, you can access audiobooks for all ages online, anywhere. anytime through Tumblebooks Audio Book Cloud. No need to download, just click and listen. With hundreds of books to choose from, some even in Spanish, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.
GCFLearnFree.org is a web site that offers free tutorials and online classes on a variety of subjects, from reviewing Math and Reading Skills to learning Microsoft Office products and English as a Second Language. Log on and see what is available! All of the courses are free, most are self-directed so that you can learn at your own pace, and some have instructors and offer a certificate of completion–very helpful if you are applying for a job that requires knowledge of Word or other Microsoft Office programs. Tips on resume writing and job hunting and interviewing skills can also be found here to help you find that job!
Are you and your child still brainstorming possible Halloween costumes? If so, why not dress up as one your favorite book characters (http://www.buzzfeed.com/jreeve/childrens-book-characters-born-to-be-halloween-costumes). You could even emulate the characters from Doreen Cronin’s new book: Click Clack Boo?!?! This book features multiple farm animals that love dressing up for Halloween! Some great renditions include Farmer Brown, Pirate Pigs, Skeleton Cows, Ghost Chickens, or even Fairy Mice!
Also, don’t forget to wear your costume to the library this Thursday and attend our annual Halloween Storytime at either 11:00 or 5:00! After storytime children will also be able to Trick-or-Treat around the Library! MWAHAHAAHA!!!
This is a fun site just for kids that uses the ideas from the popular show Mythbusters to experiment and show kids what is fact and what is fiction. How can you really get rid of the smell if a skunk sprays you? What happens when you combine Mentos and Coke? Are beans the magical fruit? Mythbusters lab will not only tell you the truth, but explain why.
Stellarium.org allows you to have your own planetarium show. This is a great web site where you can type in coordinates and see everything in the night sky. You can watch the stars, planets and satellites move across the sky as the night and day progress. This would be fun to watch from home or use in the classroom.
Manhattan Public Library now has a pinterest page: manhattanpl. We have a section “just for kids” with lots of fun craft and reading ideas.