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Library card can lead to fun and learning

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Staff Reports

As students head back to school this fall, the Cobb County Public Library System wants to make sure that all children have the most important school supply of all  a library card.

Owning a library card provides students the resources they need to compete academically. The Cobb County Public Library System provides students free access to databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and resources.

Todays libraries provide all types of students with the tools they need to succeed, said Library System Director Helen Poyer. Libraries provide young readers with exciting and engaging programs that make learning fun. It is for these reasons that now more than ever that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

In addition, public libraries are the number one location for free Internet access, an important resource for families without access at home when 96 percent of school districts require students to use the Internet to complete their homework.

Library Card Sign-up Month, held each September, is a time when libraries across the country celebrate the value of the library card. Activities in Cobb County libraries include book discussion groups, story times, workshops and movie festivals. For information on all of the programs being offered, visit www.cobbcat.org/eventspage.html.

Getting a library card is easy and is free for Cobb County residents. Parents and guardians should visit the library with their children, bring proof of residency and photo identification and fill out a quick form.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Cobb County Public Library System in person or online at www.cobbcat.org.