The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books. Librarians help people of any age find what they need to help improve their quality of life. This September, the Leavenworth Public Library is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card. We are again partnering with Leavenworth USD 453 on a library card drive. Last year, we issued 347 new library cards as a result of our collaborative effort.
Libraries build a foundation for children’s future success starting from the earliest stages of development. Librarians play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy. 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 areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet service at home. Nearly 90 percent of libraries offer digital literacy training to help students of all ages navigate today’s changing world.
For preschool-age children, we offer early literacy resources to encourage school readiness. In the Learning Center, youngsters can explore the world through dress up, puzzles, games, puppets and educational toys. Our popular preschool programs include:
- Story Time – instills the love of reading in young children
- Wiggle Workshop – helps toddlers learn to move and follow directions with music and dancing
Elementary students can turn to the library for materials and knowledgeable staff that support academic achievement. Among other activities, we offer the following educational programs:
- Elementary Explorers – teaches science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts
- Creation Station – provides the opportunity to explore creativity
- Drawing Club – offers instruction in basic drawing techniques
- Lego Club – improves problem solving and tactile skills
Teens often use library resources to do their homework. The Teen Room also serves as a place for them to socialize. They can learn and have fun at the same time with these programs:
- Tech Time – explores the wonders of technology and science
- VOX (young writers group) – supports creative writing skills
- Something New – provides the opportunity to explore new ideas and activities
- Tabletop Tuesday – encourages collaboration, communication and friendly competition with unique board games
- Manga Club – develops understanding of a different culture
For nontraditional students, we have GED resources. There’s really something for everyone, including adults, and it’s all free with a library card. It is the only piece of plastic in your wallet that gives you unlimited access to infinite ideas at no charge. Apply today.