Thursday, September 3, 2009

Library cards open more than books

It's National Library Card Sign-up Month and new library card holders will join the ranks of the two-thirds of Americans who already have library cards.

New applicants will learn that library cards do more than open books these days. Having a library card has more benefits for children, teens, and adults than ever before. It opens the door to a world of information and much of it can be accessed from home using your library card number.
Many library materials now come in a variety of other formats, such as audio books, CDs, DVDs, e-books and downloadable audio books. Databases — which provide access to encylopedias and other reference resources and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles — are available 24/7 from your home or office computer with your library card number.

Library services are more comprehensive than ever before and include free use of public computers, adult Internet classes, book clubs, discussion groups, and special events for all ages.
Be sure to check out the the library's Web site, too. This virtual library puts a wealth of information at your fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some features are targeted to special audiences, such as the special pages for parents, educators, children and teens.

Library cards are free for those who work or live in Fauquier County and the application only takes a few minutes to complete. To apply for a card, stop at any Fauquier library or complete a short online application.

Once you apply you can immediately use online resources and check out e-books, no matter what time of day you complete your application.

If you have questions, call or visit any of the Fauquier County public libraries.

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