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September is Library Card Signup Month

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

In celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month, Westchester Public Library will waive the $1 replacement fee for patrons who have lost their library cards. The $5 fee for replacing a card the second time within a year will not be waived, and there will be no amnesty for late items.

Library Card Sign-up Month was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said, “Let’s have a national campaign. Every child should obtain a library card - and use it.” Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in this national effort.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. 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.

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. The main branch, Thomas Library, is at 200 W. Indiana Ave. , Chesterton, phone 926-7696. Hageman Branch is at 100 Francis St., Porter, 926-9080.

The Westchester Township History Museum is a free educational and cultural service of the library, at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, 983-9715.

WPL offers books, magazines, audio and videotapes, DVDs, audiobooks, computers, software, etc. There is a wide range of other items available for loan to children and their families, including toys, games, and puzzles. Simply use a 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 driver’s license (or other government issued photo ID with your address), personal check, car registration, piece of delivered mail, property tax bill, voter’s registration, or fishing license. Complete and sign the WPL application form and signature card. Parents/guardians must sign for minor children.

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 children’s program calendars are available at both libraries. Library news is also posted on Twitter @Westchester PL, on Pinterest, and on the various library Facebook pages. Find us at Westchester Public Library, Westchester Township History Museum, Westchester Public Library Childrens’ Services, and Hageman Branch, Westchester Public Library.


Posted 8/29/2013