This September, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, an initiative to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all– a free library card.

Libraries build a foundation for children’s future success starting from the early stages of development.  According to the American Library Association, as of 2010, children’s programs accounted for nearly two-thirds of library programming in the United States, with more than 2.3 million children’s programs nationwide. Older students can also find tools for success at their local libraries, where they can access high-speed Internet and digital tools, as well as working with trained professionals on how best to use these resources.

As new technologies evolve, libraries continue to lead the way in providing equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet service at home. The American Library Association, also reported that close to 90 percent of libraries offer digital literacy training to help students of all ages navigate today’s changing world; many also offer high-tech innovations like laser cutters and 3D printers, providing hand-on opportunities for creative exploration.

Resources at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library are available to anyone with a library card. Students can turn to the library materials, programs, and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. For example, students taking French, Spanish, or any other foreign language class can login to the library Transparent Language Database, at anytime from anywhere, and practice.  All they need is a library card.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Letty Leija, Library & Cultural Arts Director. “For preschool-age children, we offer early literacy resources and story time to encourage school readiness; for older children and teens, we supplement education with multidisciplinary programs; and for nontraditional students, we have GED and ESL resources. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

Throughout September, the library will host several activities, including Storytime followed by a craft and a puppet show for the little ones while the tweens and teens will learn the history of Emojis, play a game using digital images, and create their own unique Emoji pillow.

For more information on these programs or any other library program call 956-383-6246 or stop by the library located at 1906 S. Closner Boulevard.