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Library Cards - An Invaluable Educational Tool

Submitted by Rockingham Free Public Library

"A library card is the most important school supply of all -- it's free and it won't go out of style." says Sam Maskell, Youth Services Librarian at Rockingham Free Public Library (RFPL) in Bellows Falls.

"Kids come to the library to check out books and get help with homework, but they can also check out DVDs, audio books, magazines and music - and use the Internet to make after-school life a little more fun. There's a lot available and lots happening at the Rockingham Free Public Library."

The first week in September is National Library Card Week. A library card provides free access to a world of resources in print and online; all with the expert assistance of librarians and library staff. 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 lifetime learning.

A recent survey by the American Library Association showed that families use libraries to spend time together: 44 percent report taking their children to the library for this reason.

Libraries don't just stock bestsellers; they have obscure classics, nonfiction research books, audio books, and they can guide you to reputable online sources of information. Librarians not only help you find what you're looking for, but they know dozens of resources you didn't even know you needed.

As computers become an increasingly important resource to students, the Rockingham Library is pleased to offer the Vermont Online Library, a one-stop source for thousands of news articles and periodicals, ideal for students. The VT Online Library is provided free to library patrons.

A searchable catalog of the entire RFPL collection is online at www.rockingham.lib.vt.us; from the comfort of your home or school computer you can see what's available at the library, what programs are happening, and access the VT Online Library.

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