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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

Remember your first library card?

When students head back to class each fall, they’re faced with new classes, new teachers, new friends and sometimes even a new school. But amidst all of the change, there’s a steady resource they continue count on: their library cards.

New Hampshire’s libraries offer the items that students need to succeed, both in school and out. In addition to print resources of all kinds, libraries have a full range of materials that can help students achieve their goals, including downloadable books and magazines, online databases, music, DVDs and internet access.

If a library does not have a particular item as part of its collection, students can request that it be borrowed using the N.H. State Library’s InterLibrary Loan service. Each year, more than 500,000 items are shared across the state through this program.

Libraries also offer something that no online service can: librarians, who both help students find the correct information they need and teach them how to decide what is an appropriate resource for their assignments.

The best part? Library cards are almost always free to those living in a public library’s town or city.

“What’s amazing about library cards is how they adapt to your needs as you go through life,” said Michael York, New Hampshire state librarian and acting commissioner of the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources. “You might begin by taking out story books when you’re in elementary school, but that progresses to serious research in high school and college.

“Libraries can then provide you with the information you need to find a job, maintain your home, fix your car, plan your finances, keep you entertained and more. Just about any information you need, you can find through your public library.”

Each September, the American Library Association works to make sure that parents and other caregivers know how important library cards are for students through its “September is Library Card Sign-up Month” campaign.

The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit nh.gov/nhsl.

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