Library News and Notes: September is National Library Card Sign Up Month - So much value from one free card

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Traditionally, a library card had one purpose: to check out books. Today's card holds the key to countless sources of information, entertainment, reading methodology and education. Last year, the library managed to issue a library card to almost every student in Carson City. The tradition continues this year, as Youth Services Librarian Amber Sady will focus on new kindergarteners and those new to the school district. Also, in conjunction with Literacy for Life, she will demonstrate and explain BrainFuse to the district's third-graders. After a student types in his library card number on the site, a wide array of choices become available, even the possibility of working with a certified teacher-tutor. The latter service is available online from 2-10 p.m. Sady has also added four new library laptops, designated and available for homework.

A library card is essential to access the materials provided on the "Downloadables" section of the library website. EAudiobooks and language courses can be downloaded to computers or portable listening devices by logging on to OneClickDigital and setting up an account. New books are added frequently, and patrons are able to check out up to 10 at one time. The books are available for 21 days and then deleted from the device. Annabelle Kahn and her husband Jeff's humorous best-selling look at the ups and downs of marriage, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up," is currently available to preview and check out.

Debuting Sept. 1, OverDrive is now offering free checkouts of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Though the online collection is limited (108 eBooks), expect the number of selections to increase rapidly. As with OneClickDigital, patrons can set up an online account, install software and begin reading. While the program supports most eReaders, books on Kindle won't be available for a few months. With all of these additions to the library collection, it is no wonder that both circulation and library visits continue to increase.

Special Program

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium, the Carson City Historical Society's "Reflection Series" presents Mark Jensen, curator of Minden's Dangberg Home Ranch Park. The ranch was settled by Heinrich Dangberg in 1857 and had grown to 30,000 acres by the time of his death in 1904. In 1905, the family company founded the town of Minden. Jensen will provide historical information, the current status of the park, and plans and dreams for the area.

Ongoing Programs and Events

The popular Love on a Leash program, which features trained therapy dogs, free books for children and a non-threatening reading experience, continues from 1-2 p.m. Saturday in the Children's Room. This program will occur twice a month, beginning in October.

Nevada Legal Services will provide a workshop on foreclosure and mediation at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in theauditorium.

Research has indicated that the most opportune time to learn a language is during the first six years of life. Bilingual Story Time offers children and parents an opportunity to listen to stories in English and Spanish. The programs begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 15.


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