Each year during the month of September the library community celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
In September 2019, the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Library Association and the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, joined forces to launch Libraries=Success. The goal of this program was to encourage students to sign up for their very own library card.
To add to the plethora of resources students can access with their library card, the NJDOE funded the provision of the EBSCO databases: Primary Search and Middle Search Plus. These research tools offer access to relevant, timely information for student-level academic research.
To access these tools students must have a local public library card or their school must be a member of the New Jersey Library Network through LibraryLinkNJ. To join LibraryLinkNJ or confirm your membership, visit the LibraryLinkNJ membership webpage.
We believe that developing partnerships between school libraries and local public libraries will help increase the number of students who have library cards throughout the state. We are sure that the partnership between the school and the public library will also send a message of unity on behalf of the children in the community.
We wish you much success!
A public library card should be the #1 item on every student’s school supply list!
To access the full list of electronic resources available statewide with your library card, visit: JerseyClicks.org
Resources specifically for students, parents, guardians, teachers and school administrators:
Please note that Explora is a special interface provided by EBSCO for schools and public libraries. To ensure student and educator success, the Explora interface is designed to meet the unique needs of its users. Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content from Middle Search Plus and Primary Search and offers easy-to use functionality.
The National Campaign: Library Card Sign-up Month
As students head back to school each fall, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that middle school aged children who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library in the future as a source of lifelong learning.
Public library resources are available to anyone with a library card. A library card provides endless opportunities to transform the school year. Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies.
The national Library Card Sign-up Month campaign was first started in 1987 to emphasize the importance of library cards to a child’s education and to combat illiteracy. ALA teamed up with the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) to start the campaign, with a grant of $85,000 from the Reader’s Digest Foundation. The first theme was “The Best Gift You’ll Ever Give Your Child … A Library Card.” Thanks to the Reader’s Digest grant, Library Card Sign-Up Month was advertised on over 500 TV and radio stations, along with 200 magazines.
That October, a kick off celebration for the campaign was held on the Mall in Washington, D.C., with 500 children in attendance. The following year, September was declared Library Card Sign-Up Month. Since then, thousands of public libraries and schools have participated every fall, stressing the importance of obtaining a library card as a child’s most important school supply.
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