Back-to-School Lists Should Include Library Cards

Hamden Public Library officials urge students to get a library card to take advantage of all the library has to offer.

As Hamden’s students head back to school this September, the Hamden Public Library 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. Hamden Public Library provides students free access to databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and resources.

In addition, all three branch locations of the library offer free Internet access, an especially important resource for families without Internet access at home.   

“Today’s libraries provide all types of students with the tools they need to succeed,” says Library Director, Bob Gualtieri.  “Libraries provide young readers with exciting and engaging programs that make learning fun. It is for these reasons that now more then ever, a library card is most important school supply of all.” 

Getting a library card is easy.  Printed proof of Hamden residency and, preferably, a photo I.D. are all that’s needed to obtain a library card. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who has proof of residency.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. 

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, call 203 287-2680, visit Miller Memorial Library at 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Brundage Community Branch at 91 Circular Avenue or Whitneyville Branch at 125 Carelton Street in person or visit the library online at www.hamdenlibrary.org.



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