For immediate release: August 24, 2015
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205
STUART, FL – Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Martin County Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.
Resources at the Martin County Library System are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. MCLS offers the Homework Helper program, early literacy computers and iPads, Science Fair Project resources, and so much more.
Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn computer programming or just relax with peers. MCLS libraries offer access to a variety of print and digital resources, including e-books, Tutor.com, Khanacademy, and TumbleBooks that can be accessed in person or online.
“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Jayme Kostandinu, Children’s Assistant at the Blake Library. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and lap sit storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM ) programs and idea labs, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”
For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any MCLS library location in person or visit MCLS online at library.martin.fl.us.