Huntsville Public Library encourages all Walker County residents to get a FREE library card
by Huntsville Public Library staff
Do you have a library card? No. Then make your way to the Huntsville Public Library (HPL), where we are about more than books. HPL provides creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond.
As a part of celebrating September as Library Card Sign-up Month HPL is initiating a special campaign to get “Everybody In” the library.
“Everybody In is a special effort we at Huntsville Public Library feel is essential in spreading the word about our library,” said Assistant City Librarian Anne Sparks. “HPL provides a wide variety of services and we want the citizens of Huntsville to come and see what they are missing.”
HPL joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every reader has the most important tool of all – a free library card.
A library card provides access to important resources families need. There are programs for the earliest stages of development, teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness. Patrons can access high-speed Internet, digital tools and the opportunity to work with trained professionals on how to use them.
Libraries are also a training ground for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. The development of makerspaces and 3D printing is just one way HPL is seeking to meet this demand, ranging from low-tech, hands-on engineering opportunities for children and teens using toys and kits to the incorporation of high-tech tools like 3D printers.
Resources at HPL are available to anyone who has a library card. To receive a new library card, patrons must have a photo ID and proof of address, which can include any piece of mail received in the last 30 days. Children over the age of three can receive a library card with the approval of their parent or legal guardian.
“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Sparks. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and story times to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs, and for nontraditional students we offer GED resources. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”
For more information, call 936-291-5472 or go online at http://www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com/