Texas County Library in Houston at its existing facility on Walnut Street. Credit: FILE PHOTO

Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when all Texas County Library branches join with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all: A free library card.

Resources at the library branches are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs, a safe place to study, and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. 

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies or just relax with peers. Texas County libraries offer access to a variety of print and digital resources, including e-books, online homework help, online databases and more that can be accessed in person or online.

“Our libraries provide access and programs for students of all ages,” said county library director Louise Beasley. “There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a Texas County Library card.”

Throughout the month, new card holders of all ages will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to be presented at the end of the month. 

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit a Texas County Library branch in Houston, Cabool, Licking or Summersville, call 417-967-2258, or visit the library online at texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us.

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