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Library encourages children to carry the 'smartest card'

August 30, 2007

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and the Washington County Free Library wants to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans who carry the smartest card of all - a library card.

Studies show that children who are read to in the 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. A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together. Forty-four percent of survey respondents report taking their children to the library for this reason.

"A library card has always been the most important school supply of all," says Kathleen O'Connell, assistant director of the Washington County Free Library. "Kids can come to the library to get homework help and check out books, but they can also check out free music, DVDs and use the Internet to make after school life a little more fun."

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Just because the building is closed, it doesn't mean the library is closed. Services are available 24/7 through the library's Web site, www.washcolibrary.org. Library cardholders have access to 40 free online databases including the ability to get homework help at Tutor.com, offering live tutoring services for grades 4-12 every day from 2 p.m. to midnight.

AskUsNow, available 24/7, offers live chat with a reference librarian and the library's online databases link cardholders to thousands of magazines and journals. Cardholders can look up a title, place a hold, renew materials online or download audio books and movies.

Cardholders are invited to access library blogs for information about all the latest programs and services available or obtain help with a question at ref@washcolibrary.org.

For more information on how you can sign up for your library card, visit the Washington County Free Library at 100 S. Potomac St in Hagerstown or call 301-739-3250 during regular operating hours. Or you can visit any of the seven branches located throughout Washington County. Please visit the library's Web site at www.washcolibrary.org for branch location and hours of operation.

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