Library Card MonthToday’s libraries are about more than books. They are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Wellington Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Wellington Public Library provides important resources to individuals and families.  Library resources are available to anyone who has a current library card.  Some of these services include public access computers & internet, genealogical & historical research, interlibrary loan, online databases, copy & fax services, reading programs, online databases, eBooks & audio books, reading programs and a 3D printer.

With the addition of the 3D printer, the library plans to develop a makerspace as a means for patrons of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits.  New Chromebooks and tablets will soon be available for use in coding classes and other projects.  While moving ahead, the library is still rooted firmly in the past 100 years and, to this end, plans to add digitization equipment to preserve materials from the past, thereby preserving our heritage.

Resources at the Wellington Public 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. Whether it’s for a school project or independent research, library staff is always available to assist patrons in finding whatever they may be looking for.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Jo Plumb. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and story times to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs, and for nontraditional students we offer information and resources to help them succeed. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

Throughout the course of the month, the library will host some drawings and activities.  For every new library card, the patron will receive a free prepaid punch card for copies.  These are good for 15 copies and one fax.  Current patrons will be asked to update their library card information.  Each person who updates will be entered in a drawing for a library bag.  The library will be giving away one bag a week on each Friday in September.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Wellington Public Library in person.