National Library Card Sign-up Month got a shout out from two leading voices on Capitol Hill: Ohio Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-9th) and James B. Renacci (R-16th). In an op ed article published in The Hill’s Congress Blog, Reps. Kaptur and Renacci advised their fellow congressmen of the strong link between libraries and student performance, telling them to “leverage the power of our nation’s 16,536 public libraries and hundreds of thousands of librarians working in schools and public libraries to drive academic success.”
Their article is highlighted below, but make sure to check out the full article on The Hill’s Congress Blog (according to The Hill staff, last month Congress Blog had 587,000 visitors):
“September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and we are urging families across Ohio and the nation to celebrate with a trip to the library. In our congressional districts, Cuyahoga County Public Library – in collaboration with Parma City School District and with the support of Mayor Timothy DeGeeter – is issuing library cards to the approximately 11,000 K-12 students in the district.
Library cards help our students succeed. We have seen first-hand the impact libraries and librarians have on the lives of families in our districts:
- More than 87% of K-2 students who participate in Cuyahoga County Public Library’s free, one-on-one reading tutoring program for at-risk kids report reading improvement after the program year.
- Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Homework Center program serves nearly 2,000 students in grades K-8 annually, and 93% of participants’ parents/guardians report seeing improved grades as a result.
The authors conclude their column by noting that the increasingly technology-rich programs and services that libraries offer:
“…serve as a bridge to educational and economic opportunity for students of all incomes and backgrounds. This is why we believe communities throughout the country should create or strengthen partnerships with their libraries so that every child enrolled in school can receive a library card.
“During National Library Card Sign-up Month, we invite our colleagues to visit their local libraries, support important community connections between our schools and libraries, and encourage families to get an essential education and learning resource: a library card.”