As Putnam County students head back to school this year, the Putnam County Public Library wants to make sure that all children have one of the most important school supplies of all -- a library card.
Owning a library card provides students the resources they need to compete academically. Your public library provides students free access to databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, and other resources. In addition, public libraries are the prime access point for free Internet service, an important resource for families without access at home when many teachers require students to use the Internet to complete their homework.
Activities at the Putnam County Public Library during Library Card Sign-up Month include a "food for fines" program.
Library users who have fines on their cards can do something for the community while getting their fines reduced or eliminated. During the month of September for every non-perishable food item donated, $1 will be taken off the fine.
All items will be donated to the Putnam County Food Pantry. Children, students and adults who obtain a new library card during September will receive a coupon that can be redeemed for one free book from the Friends of the Library book sale.
"Today's libraries provide all types of students with the tools they need to succeed," Library Director Alice Greenburg said. "Libraries provide young readers with exciting and engaging programs that make learning fun. It is for these reasons that now more then ever, a library card is the most important school supply of all."
Getting a library card is easy and free. Simply present identification with current address at the library's Circulation Desk.
For more information on how to sign up for a library card stop by the Putnam County Public Library at 103 E. Poplar St., Greencas-tle, or visit the library online at www.putnam.lib.in.us.