September?Is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and Prendergast Library is encouraging area residents to be sure a library card is in their wallet.

“A library card is a ticket to opportunity,” said Tina Scott, library director.

Honorary chair of this year’s Library Card Sign-Up Month is Luol Deng, two-time NBA all-star of the Chicago Bulls.

The event coincides with the opening of the new school year and reminds parents that libraries support academic achievement.

“The most important school supply of all is a library card,” Scott said.

According to the director, studies show that children who are read to at home and use a library perform better in school and are more likely to rely on libraries later for lifetime learning.

At Prendergast Library, children 13 and under need a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to fill out and sign their library card application and provide proof of address.

Free library cards are also available at the Circulation Desk to adults who present one form of identification with current address. For out-of-state residents, cards cost $10 a year.

All patrons, including children, are now required to have a current library card in order to access the Internet.

Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For more information about getting a library card, visit the library, call 484-7135, or go to the library’s website at www.prendergastlibrary.org.