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As September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and the El Paso Public Library, along with Chico from the El Paso Chihuahuas, is encouraging everyone, especially students, to get a library card.
“The Library is very excited to announce that Chico has agreed to be the “spokes dog” for this year’s library card sign-up campaign,” said El Paso Public Library Interim Director Norma Martinez. “We want all students in El Paso to have a library card.”
Library cards are free for students and provide a wealth of resources that can help anyone succeed in school and life. Library cards can be used to borrow books, magazines, music CDs and DVDs, and allow the user to take practice exams for grade school, college entrance, military and civil service, including the ACT, SAT, GMAT, LSAT and ASVAB.
A library card also means access to computers and free internet access to download e-books, digital magazines, audiobooks, music and videos from the library website.
Officials with the El Paso Library share, “Whether it’s providing free access to reading and recreational resources, homework resources, free WiFi, research for term papers or child development programs, libraries play an important role in the education of El Paso’s children.”
“Studies show that children who read at home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.”
To get a card, residents can visit any library branch and register by presenting a government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license, with a current address. Students under 13 need their parent’s permission to register.
For more information on how to get a library card, visit any library branch or visit the El Paso Public Library online.