Library is free

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.  Library director Theresa Holden looks over some of the 80,000 books the library offers for check-out.

The start of the school year can tax the wallet. Costs of school supplies, books, and shoes can add up for the parents of school-age kids.

Happily, one valuable commodity remains free for the asking – a library card.

The Palestine Public Library is partnering with the American Library Association to make September 'Library Card Sign-up Month.'

With Disney's 'Incredibles' as honorary chairs for the event, the library aims to show residents the value of a library card, and spotlight how libraries, and librarians, improve the community through education.

“The Palestine Public Library, through the school year and summer, offers a variety of programs,” Library Director Theresa Holden said. “Programs to stimulate reading and learning ,like story time, encourage young children to love reading, and help get them ready for school.”

Beyond books, older children and adults have access to technology and digital tools, such as Microsoft Office and the TexShare database, which offers homework help. Health or business information, academic journals, popular magazines, genealogy and job and career development are also accessible.

The library staff, Holden said, is always there to help.

In recognition of Library Card Sign-up Month, the Palestine Public Library sponsor free drawings to win prizes for people of all ages. Residents are encouraged to come to the library and submit their names.

For more than 30 years, Library Card Sign-up Month in September has coincided with the start of the school year.

ALA and libraries nationwide unite to ensure more children sign up for their own library card.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit: www.palestine.lib.tx.us

or call 903-729-4121.