BOSTON.- September is national Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Boston Public Library wants to make sure that all families know the wonderful things that a library card brings free to all and all for free. In addition to borrowing books, families can visit the Library in order to see art exhibits, attend a story hour, use the wireless network, borrow a DVD, and much more. Cardholders can also download books, music, and videos from the Library’s web site.

September is also back to school time for families. Studies show that children who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. «A library card is a key to success,» says Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. «Books are just the beginning of what a library card can bring into a child’s life.»

For students in grades K-8, the Boston Public Library offers free, in-person tutoring through its Homework Assistance Program during the school year. Students of any age can use their library card for free, one-on-one online tutoring through Tutor.com. And for people of all ages, the Library offers a wide range of free services and programs including resume writing workshops, English conversation groups, film series, and more.

Getting a library card is easy. Step one is to bring a photo ID that shows your current address and signature to any branch of the Boston Public Library. Step two is to fill out an application form. Step three is to put your card in use.

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind families about the power of their library card. For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any of the branches of the Boston Public Library. Learn more by visiting www.bpl.org.

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