Little Hands Need the Little Card

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By Cynthia Stosse, Children's Librarian

Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, N.H.

Atlantic News, Thursday, September 16, 2004

BIG MOMENT — September is the official observance of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Taking part in the 16th annual event is Timothy McNally, age 5, of Hampton, pictured here obtaining his first library card from Lane Memorial Library staff member Joanne Mulready. [Atlantic News Photo by Bill Teschek]

HAMPTON — Sixteen years ago, a challenge to put a library card in the hands of children and to encourage them to use it was introduced. September has been the official observance of Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Carol Brey-Casiano, president of the American Library Association said, “Every parent can afford to give his child the key to success — a library card. No child will every outgrow his library card and it’s free. If you know how to use a library, you know how to learn for a lifetime.”

The Lane Memorial Library encourages all residents of Hampton and students of the Hampton schools to come in a get a library card. A child must be five years old and come in with a parent or guardian. It only takes a minute, but that minute can last a lifetime.

There are so many activities that children can become part of at the library — story times, book groups, special programs, and many more. The library’s Web site www.hampton.lib.nh.us/children keeps everyone informed of the events. Eleven times a year (almost monthly) the Children’s Room newsletter is posted there. Those who have not been in the Children’s Room for a while will be surprised at the changes.

Parents are encouraged to take time this month to visit the library with their children. Anyone who has not received their “Smartest Card” yet are reminded to be sure to come to the desk for that very special event. For more information, please call the Lane Memorial Library Children’s Room at (603) 926-4729.

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