As parents pick up last minute items on their school shopping lists, there is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny – a library card.
This September, Leavenworth Public Library is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.
Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at the Leavenworth Public Library are available to anyone with a library card, including:
- Reference books for school reports
- hoopla – borrow up to nine e-books, audiobooks, movies, television shows, music and comics per month
- Sunflower eLibrary – borrow e-books, audiobooks, movies and television shows
- Flipster – downloadable magazines
The State Library of Kansas offers additional resources with a State Library eCard, also available for free at the Reference Desk:
- Explora – Browse and search for articles, essays and primary source documents from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals and selected for use for elementary, middle and high school research projects
- BookFlix- storybooks paired with a related nonfiction e-book
- Britannica E-STAX- nonfiction e-books (PreK-grade 9)
- E-book, audiobook and online learning resources for adults
Throughout the school year, our library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Our early learning programs expose young children to the joy of reading and encourage school readiness, while older children have access to technology, digital tools and creative outlets.
- Storytime and Teddy Bear Storytime: Early literacy skills such as vocabulary, listening and social skills using stories and sensory activities
- Baby Time: Babies age 6 to 18 months learn through play, rhymes, songs and movement
- Wiggle Workshop: Learning and social skills through song, dance, rhythm and rhyme
- Elementary Explorers: STEM concepts
- Creation Station: STEAM activities focusing on arts and crafts
- Drawing Club: Basic drawing techniques
- Lego Club: Analytical and creative thinking skills through building
- Tween Club: Activities specifically designed for 4th – 6th graders, age 9 to 12
- Make Something Tuesdays: Create, explore, experiment and design with art, science and technology
- VOX: Teen writing group
- Manga Club-Otaku: Anime, Manga and Japanese cultural traditions and art
The Library offers opportunities for lifelong learning with a variety of speakers on topics such as gardening, military history, food preparation and current events, as well as music performances, author visits, poetry readings and art presentations.
This year, Disney’s the Incredibles are Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries and librarians transform lives and communities through education. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit the Leavenworth Public Library for an application.