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Back-to-school lists need Smartest Card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2005

Back-to-school lists are not complete without the Smartest Card

Lowcountry students and parents are flocking to stores armed with school supply lists, but the smartest and most helpful item may not be on their list and doesn’t cost a thing … it’s a Library card.

With a Charleston County Public Library card, students can access books, CDs, magazines, internet reference resources, computers, DVDs and even take part in free events and programs.

Another valuable resource for students, or anyone else, is the Library’s “Ask-a-Question” service, which helps answer questions over the phone or submitted online. The Library’s Reference Department staff tackles the questions, which can be called in at 805-6930 or submitted through the Library’s Web site, www.ccpl.org through the Quick Links box.

The Library’s Web site even has a “Homework Help” section under Services for Children and provides access to dozens of reference databases in its Resources section, many of them available remotely simply by logging in with a Library card number.

Reminding students about the Library’s resources and encouraging them to get a Library Card is all part of national Library Card Sign-up Month in September, which includes the slogan, “The Smartest Card is @ your Library.”

Library staff will be targeting different grades and working with teachers during September to get students signed up for Library cards and familiar with all the Library offers. The month is capped off September 24th with a movie and activities for children.

Library Card Sign-Up Month Celebration: Movie - Because of Winn-Dixie
Saturday, September 24, Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street
1 p.m. – Sign up for a card and get your picture taken with a “Winn-Dixie” look-a-like
2 p.m. – Watch the movie Because of Winn-Dixie.
(Rated PG; 106 minutes) Enjoy an afternoon filled with “Winn-Dixie” events based on Kate DiCamillo’s lovable canine character.

For more information on how to sign up for a Library card, visit one of the Library’s 16 branches, call 843-805-6930. 

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a national campaign aimed at reminding people that Library cards should be the most valued and used card in every wallet and that Libraries play an essential role in ensuring vibrant, educated communities filled with opportunities.