Joe Cool says: What’s cooler than being cool? Having a library card. This September, Joe Cool, also known as Snoopy, is proud to once again serve as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Massillon Public Library joins with the American Library Association to encourage people of all ages to get a free library card. It’s also a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Resources at the library are available to anyone who has a library card.
The Massillon Public Library seeks to meet the needs of all ages and types of learners. It is committed to providing free access to cutting-edge educational tools for students comprised of not only the up-to-the-minute materials available at the library, but also online research databases and digital resources via the library’s website. Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development, by teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness.
Adults have access to high speed Internet, free wifi, computer classes, use of public computers, and genealogy research tools, including the nation’s largest online newspaper archive. In addition to book discussion groups, the library and its branches offer programs ranging from educational to entertaining on topics from crafts to health issues. Libraries also provide equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important if there is no computer or internet access in the home.
Two types of cards are available: digital and traditional full-access. The digital card, for first-time library users, may be applied for online and provides immediate access to library databases and online resources, as well as eBooks and eAudiobooks. Digital cardholders are eligible to visit in person to upgrade to a traditional full-access library card, which equips users to borrow conventional library materials such as books and also CDs, DVDs, video games, comic books, graphic novels, and audiobooks. Through the library’s website, patrons can stream free newly-released movies, television shows, educational/instructional videos, documentaries, and music.
The Massillon Public Library has something cool for everyone – all available with a free library card. For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Massillon Public Library in person or online at www.massillonlibrary.org. Massillon Public Library…Proud to be an independent library system since 1899, working with other libraries to fulfill your needs. Visit our locations in Massillon, Brewster, Navarre, and our bookmobile!