September is Library Sign-Up Month

September 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, ESOL, Family Learning, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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I really enjoyed the message in Molly Chilton’s post about her reflections on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.  I remember reading it as a teenager and feeling frightened.  This triggered some thoughts about where books are housed and access to books.  This lead me to think about libraries and how valuable they are to our community, whether you are an avid reader since early childhood, an adult getting starting on your reading journey.   These thoughts were rather timely because September is National Library Card Sign-up Month.  As we get ready to go back to school with LCNV’s classes, I especially love the American Library Association’s tag line, “September is Library Card Sign-up Month – a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all.”  Many of our lead teacher and volunteer teachers are probably starting to think about the upcoming semester; a trip to the library and or signing up for a library card might be a worthwhile class activity.  Our students are often surprised that such a resource is free. Thinking back to Fahrenheit 451, I can honestly say we are lucky to not only live in a community where books are not banned or burned.  Libraries are our partners in providing access to books and literacy to the students we serve; many tutor pairs meet to study in libraries, we hold classes at libraries, they welcome our students by sharing their resources, and they provide information about us to potential students. 

-Carisa Coburn Pineda, Family Learning Program Specialist

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