Mid-Hudson Library System
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September 6, 2001

Rebekkah Smith, Coordinator of Community Relations
id-Hudson Library System
845.471.6060 x39 

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Your library card…more access than ever.

(MID-HUDSON VALLEY) – A library card is versatile, democratic, educational, historical, electrifying, enabling, portable and free! September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and there are more reasons than ever to get a library card (or dig yours out of your wallet!).

Having a library card means access to the books you are looking for, whether they are best-sellers, travel guides or cookbooks. It connects you to current health information; local history and genealogy information; materials for babies, children, teens and families; homework support; career support for jobseekers and employers; computers for public use; fundraising information; and special resources for people with visual or hearing impairments.

Having a library card means new connections to library service:

Access to Request-A-Title, the online feature that allows Hudson Valley residents to reserve books and other materials online – from any computer! Your choices reserved through Request-A-Title can be held for pick up at your local library or delivered to the library of your choice anywhere within the Mid-Hudson Library System service area (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster counties). You can find directions for using Request-A-Title at http://midhudson.org/Request_A_Title.htm or you can ask your librarian to help you with this process.

Your library card also links you to HomeAccess – databases of current magazine, newspaper and journal articles from your home, school or office 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. To use HomeAccess you need a Mid-Hudson Library System library card, then go to the homepage of your local library and click on the HomeAccess logo.

The observance of National Library Card Sign-Up Month was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education Edward Bennett who said: "Let's have a national campaign…every child should obtain a library card - and use it." Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child has access to one of the most unique institutions in our democracy: the library.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. 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 lifelong learning and opportunity.

Call or visit your library to find out how to get your library card and more about the services available. Find your local library’s web site through http://midhudson.org/alpha.html.