September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Kids Ink - From the Washington County Free Library Children's Department

Kids Ink - From the Washington County Free Library Children's Department

September 12, 2008|By CATHERINE HALL

Come by the library this month and get your child's most important back-to-school item: a library card.

Children are encouraged to have their own cards for use in the library so that they can take advantage of all our youth resources. Books, DVDs, video games, audio books, playaways, CDs, magazines and in-library computer use are all available to any young person with a library card.

And if you need homework help and you have a library card, you can find much of what you need right from home. Check out our new Web site at You'll find access to databases for research, live homework tutors and you can place holds on books. And it's all free with a Washington County Free Library card.

While you are in the library signing up for your library card, check out one of these books about libraries and librarians in honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month:


o "Lola at the Library" by Anna McQuinn (ages 2 to 5)

Every Tuesday, Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings and share a special treat.

o "Library Mouse" by Daniel Kirk (ages 4 to 8)

Sam is a mouse who lives in a library and loves to make up and write his own stories. He leaves his stories in different parts of the library, and humans find the stories and want to know who the writer is.

o "Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book" by Alexander Stadler (ages 3 to 7)

Beverly is thrilled to finally check out a book with her own library card, but when she accidentally keeps the book too long, she worries that she'll have to pay a huge fine or go to jail.

o "Toms and the Library Lady" by Pat Mora (ages 5 to 8)

While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Toms finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

o "The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq" by Jeanette Winter (ages 5 and up)

Alia is the librarian of Basra. With war coming, she fears the library will be destroyed. When she asks for help protecting the books, officials refuse, so she hides the books in her home and her neighbors' homes.

o "The Legend of Spud Murphy" by Eoin Colfer (ages 8 to 10)

The name Spud Murphy strikes fear into the hearts of children everywhere. Grown-ups think she's a kindly old librarian, but kids know the truth.

o "The Library Card" by Jerry Spinelli (ages 10 to 14)

The lives of four young people in different circumstances are changed by their encounters with books in this collection of four stories.

o "Here Lies the Librarian" by Richard Peck (ages 10 to 17)

Peewee idolizes her big brother, Jake, whose dreams of becoming an auto mechanic are intensified by the hard road that is paved to their Indiana town. Then Irene Ridpath, a young librarian, arrives in town, and life takes an astonishing turn.

o "The Memory Prisoner" by Thomas Bloor (ages 10 and up)

For 13 years, Maddie has buried her memories of the dark fortress of the Town Library and what happened there so long ago. But when her brother, Keith, is forced to work in the secret cavern of the library, Maddie must leave her comfortable prison or risk losing her brother for good.

Catherine Hall is children's librarian with the Washington County Free Library.

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