Since 1987, September has been designated as Library Card Sign-Up Month. It is the month that allows us to showcase the power of a library card. Why is a library card important? How does it have power?
It grants you access to stuff that you would normally pay for. You can check out books, movies, audiobooks, e-books, magazines and mobile hotspots, just to name a few. And it’s all free! True, you have to return the items, but it is always free to re-watch, re-listen or re-read.
Reading keeps you sharp. Science shows reading not only lowers stress levels, but can also make you smarter. Research shows that just six minutes a day of reading can reduce your heart rate and relax your muscles. And there is a connection between reading and improved memory and cognition.
The library piques your curiosity. The library offers programming on a variety of topics. You may discover a new interest or hobby. You could learn about a topic you have never heard of. Young or old, it’s never too late to discover new things.
You can use your library card without leaving your house. The library has limitless amounts of digital content that you can access within minutes with your library card. You can check out audiobooks, e-books or magazines. You can access music or language lessons. And you can access reliable resources for your school projects.
It will help you get stuff done. You can use a public computer or copier. You can reserve a meeting room, have a document notarized or faxed. You can access free Wi-Fi and find a quiet place to be productive without spending money for a cup of coffee and a muffin. The library is one of the last places where you can just be without spending a dime to be there.
It’s already coming out of your paycheck. Your public library is supported through property and local income taxes. This awesome resource is providing so much for you and your community. Why not take advantage of it?
If you have never had a library card or have let your library card expire, then we encourage you to visit us during September. When you sign up, just bring a valid driver’s license with a current address or two of these documents: a current bill, property tax statement or apartment lease. If you are not a resident of the Batesville library system, we will help you to find your system or encourage you to purchase a nonresident card. You will receive a coupon from the Gibson Theatre for a free small drink and popcorn. Your name will also be entered into a drawing for a “Toy Story” gift basket that includes free movie passes.
The library is also having a special exhibit of Greentown Glass with more than 70 pieces on display this month. For more information on Greentown Glass, visit our website and read the blog about this interesting part of our Indiana history.
The Batesville library is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.