Nassau County Executive Laura Curran was recently joined by library officials and local elected officials to encourage residents to get library carded. The message comes to promote National Library Card Sign Up Month in September and was echoed by Senator Kevin Thomas, Assemblywoman Taylor Darling and Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams. Fewer residents, especially young people, are utilizing public libraries—missing out on the modern enhancements and benefits that Nassau County now libraries offer.
“A library card is your passport to entire worlds of information, entertainment, and enrichment,” said Curran. “Forget what you know about libraries—they are no longer just about books—they offer so many free services, rentals, educational tools, workshops and so much more. Get carded today.”
Nassau County’s 54 libraries, which are partially funded by Nassau County tax dollars, offer countless resources beyond the almost six million book, video, digital and audio rentals available to card holders. The call to sign up for a library membership also comes as schools start up and libraries and public officials look to remind young residents of all the benefits that are available especially to them—and constantly evolving to fit with the needs of their users.
“The value of your library card increases every day, as Nassau’s 54 public libraries bring in new technologies and services to serve our communities—like e-books, 3D printers, passes to museums and parks, video streaming services, cultural events, online tutoring and so much more,” said Nassau Library System Director Caroline Ashby.
“Local libraries are integral to our communities. Library membership opens a world of opportunity for success and lifelong learning. For students, a library card is the most important back-to-school supply of all,” said Thomas. “I encourage everyone to stop by their local library this month, get a library card, and take advantage of all the great resources our libraries have to offer.”
“September is National Library Card sign-up month, and it’s a great month to start this program, when the children are back in school and ready to learn,” said Darling. “I encourage everyone in our district to get a library card and use all the resources our wonderful libraries throughout Nassau County have to offer.”
“As a new school year begins, this program offers families and children a great opportunity to take advantage of everything our local libraries have to offer,” said Abrahams. “Our libraries offer more than books, they offer educational and cultural programs, book clubs, and access to computers.”
“A library card opens a world of possibilities for children families, and this month is the perfect time to get one,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Signing up for a library card is an important step in a child’s life and one that comes with a unique sense of independence and exploration. I’d like to thank County Executive Laura Curran and all of our hardworking librarians for their support of this important initiative.”
For a list of all libraries in Nassau County visit www.nassaulibrary.org.