FAIRFIELD — The push is on to make free library services available to as many children as possible here in Solano County.
The drive coincides with National Library Card Sign-up Month in September. The benefits of library access are universal to both children and adults, but can be particularly beneficial to children with the start of the new school year.
Whether a student wants to research a political issue, get help with a math problem or use a free computer, a library card is the key.
In addition to borrowing books, children can use eight searchable databases of journal articles and connect free of charge with on-demand tutors from www.tutor.com.
Library cards are free with photo identification and proof of address. A copy of a birth certificate may be used for children without photo identification.
National Library Card Sign-up Month got its start in 1987. The yearly campaign focuses on getting every child a library card.
Studies show that children who are read to at home and who use the library perform better in school, Solano County Library spokeswoman Ann Miller said in a prepared release. As California schools adopt the nationwide Common Core Standards, public libraries become even more important, she said.
“Inquiry-based learning and critical thinking are at the very heart of what public libraries do,” Miller said in the release. “Our mission is to provide materials on a wide range of topics with different perspectives. We don’t spoon feed knowledge. We give people the tools to learn and make up their own minds.”
For more information on the services available at the Solano County Library and the various library locations, visit www.solanolibrary.com.
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