A card of their own
More than 51,000 young readers will get a library card this year, thanks to a partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

“CMS is excited about our partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library,” said Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark. “Literacy is a huge focus for our district and this partnership allows our students and their families to access books and other media resources at their local branch library.”

Students in pre-kindergarten through third grade were given the library card applications to bring home for their parents to complete. Once the library processed the applications, the new library cards were sent back to classrooms to be given to the students in an envelope with information about available library resources. Students in those grades who already have a library card will be given a one-time waiver to remove any fines or fees from their card.

“When children possess their own library card, a door opens for them to become regular library users,” said Director of Libraries David Singleton. “It is a gateway to obtaining full access to a wide range of services within the library and online.”

Resources include free access to eBooks, eMags and eAudio, online databases for articles and reports, encyclopedias and a variety of programs. In addition, students have free access to library staff who can help them find additional materials to complete homework assignments, recommend an interesting book for an upcoming report or teach them how to select and use a database to research projects. 

Later in the school year, a library eCard will be piloted for students in grades six through 12 in CMS Project L.I.F.T. schools. This electronic library card will give students 24/7 access to all of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s electronic resources. Additionally, library staff plan to visit the Project L.I.F.T. schools to provide tutorials for CMS staff and students on those resources. 

 “Together we can create readers who will be prepared to succeed in school, the world and in life,” said Singleton.

September is also library card sign-up month. The American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is a very important back-to-school supply.

For more information about your local library, visit www.cmlibrary.org.