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 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."