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Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

As North Dakota students head back to school, I would like to encourage parents to visit their local library to make sure their children and teens sign-up for the most important school supply of all - a library card.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the smartest card you can own.

When it comes to achieving academic success, a library card provides students with access to a world of both print and electronic resources. Students can access free databases, get one-on-one assistance at no charge through Tutor N.D., and attend programs, activities, and clubs that provide an added value to the educational experience. It's no wonder eighty-four percent of Americans agree that the public library is important to education.

Today's students learn differently than their predecessors, with studies indicating that students most effectively learn when they are allowed to follow their personal interest. Libraries and librarians are on the frontlines of engaging these students, making a library card an essential tool for inspiring a passion for learning.

This September, open the door to a world of possibilities for the student in your life and sign up for a library card today and then use your library card on each of your tomorrows.

Hulen E. Bivins

North Dakota State Librarian