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September is Library Card Signup Month

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The value of todayís libraries goes beyond books. Librarians are leaders in their communities – helping people of any age to find what they need to help improve their quality of life.

This September, Westchester Public 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.

In celebration of September being Library Card sign-up month, WPL is hosting an outdoor event with prizes on the third Saturday of the month. Join us outside the Thomas Library on Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign-up for a new library card, and spin the wheel for a chance to win a prize.

Libraries build a foundation for childrenís 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, childrenís programs accounted for nearly two thirds of library programming in the United States, with more than 2.3 million childrenís 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. Close to 90 percent of libraries offer digital literacy training to help students of all ages navigate todayís changing world; many also offer high-tech innovations like laser cutters and 3D printers, providing hands-on opportunities for creative exploration.

Westchester Public Library (WPL) serves the residents of Westchester Township but has reciprocal borrowing agreements with most of the other public libraries in the area. The towns of Chesterton, Porter, Burns Harbor, and Dune Acres are in the library district, with two branches available to patrons. Thomas Library, is located at 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton (926-7696). Hageman Library is located at 100 Francis Street, Porter (926-9080). The Westchester Township History Museum is an educational and cultural service of the library and is located at 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton (983-9715).

WPL offers books, magazines, audio and videotapes, DVDs, audiobooks, computers, software, e-books, and access to our MakerSpace Lab. There is a wide range of other items on loan to children and their families, including toys, games, and puzzles. Simply use you WPL card to borrow most things for use at home. Library staff is on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various ages and interests.

To obtain a Westchester Public Library card, apply in person at the Circulation desk at Thomas Library or Hageman Library. Identification with your name and current address is necessary. Acceptable identification includes driverís license (or other government-issued photo ID with your address), personal check, car registration, a piece of delivered mail, property tax bill, voterís registration, or fishing license.

Westchester Public Library also offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning.  View the library calendar at Printed copies of childrenís program calendars are available at both libraries. Library news is also posted on the Westchester Public Libraryís Facebook page.

For information on how to sign up for a library card, visit Westchester Public Library in person or visit the library online at



Posted 9/12/2017




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