September is ‘Library Card Sign-up Month’

  • Friday, September 5, 2014

As I grew up in a very small village in the Netherlands, the nearest public library was in a town about 5 miles away. You might think 5 miles is not very far, but at that time, I was elementary school age and my only mode of transportation was a bike suitable for my size, i.e., not very big with small wheels.

Where distances were concerned, this particular library could have been on the moon.

Needless to say, a trip to the library was nonexistent until the arrival of the bookmobile. I received my first library card in this library on wheels. The moment I was the proud owner of this special piece of cardboard, I was allowed to browse the stacks.

I thought I'd entered “Book Heaven.”

Every child should experience such a special moment. In 1987, then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett said: “Let's have a national campaign ... every child should obtain a library card – and use it.”

The challenge to achieve that goal was on, and a campaign was launched the same year.

Since then, public and school libraries nationwide merge their resources to ensure that every child has a library card. In 1988, September was designated “Library Card Sign-up Month.”

Efforts are doubled this specific month to reach out to children and parents to make sure Bennett's goal is met.

In addition to encouraging new patrons to apply for library cards during the month of September, the Charleston County Public Library issued another policy.

If you are one of those patrons who stand in line to ask for your library card number because you lost your card, now is the time to get a replacement card.

Normally, the library will charge $2 for a lost card, but this month, we replace them for free.

Programs

Mount Pleasant Reel Club – A book/movie discussion group (adults)

Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, watch the movie and then participate in a lively discussion.

Book: “Shopgirl” by Steve Martin

Movie: “Shopgirl” (2006), starring Steve Martin and Claire Danes. Rated R; 106 minutes.

Mirjam Veldkamp is the young adult specialist at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch located at 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. For more information, call 843-849-6161 or visit www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org, and like us on Facebook. Email MTPReference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs being held each month at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library.

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