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Catherine Roche: Library cards bring benefits to residents

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Catherine Roche is the director of Braswell Memorial Library.

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By CATHERINE ROCHE
Braswell Memorial Library

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Braswell Memorial Library joins the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to encourage parents and caregivers to give the children in their lives the educational boost that comes with having a library card.

Braswell memorial Library is an important partner in the educational landscape of our community and a library card is your access ticket.

The library is focused on childhood learning, beginning with story time programs for toddlers and preschoolers that introduce reading, rhymes and stories in a fun setting. Programs like 1000 Books before Kindergarten promote language development, empathy, increased vocabulary and school readiness. Braswell Memorial Library regularly schedules programs that give students the opportunity to learn hands-on about engineering, technology, science and math through play and experimentation. We also invite the N.C. Science Museum and other organizations to bring the world of nature to children at the library.

Older students will find plenty of resources at the library including Internet-ready computers, online encyclopedias, scholarly articles and professional librarians who know how to help them complete their assignments. Programs such as Minecraft let young people design and build a virtual world. Reading broadens horizons for young adults and helps them learn to think critically about the world around them.

Even college students will find plenty to love at Braswell Memorial Library. Your library card provides access to the databases available through NC LIVE that support student research. At the library, you can check out a laptop or bring your own and use the free Wi-Fi to access the Internet. We have study rooms available if you need to work with a small group or if you just need some private space to concentrate. For a fee, the library can proctor your distance education exams.

For everyone, the library card is your key to a variety of digital media. Braswell provides access to NC Kids Digital an online collection of over 8,000 titles for children from kindergarten through grade four. Digital books and audiobooks for adults are available through Overdrive. Follow the links on the website to access the digital collections. We have recently added online magazines to the library’s offerings through RB Digital. With over 50 popular titles you’ll always have access to fresh, timely and entertaining material to read.

At Braswell Memorial Library, anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Nash or Edgecombe Counties is eligible for a free library card. Adults 18 and over must complete an application form and provide a government issued photo ID and proof of address. Proof of address can be established with any of the following: mail that has been delivered by the post office, bills, lease agreements, school or work documents, etc. Children under 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign the library card application form.

Braswell Memorial Library is about more than books. We provide creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. The ultimate goal is to introduce little ones to books, keep them coming back throughout the school years and then retain them as lifelong learners.

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