This September Cobb Elementary in the Channelview Independent School District is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
A library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond. From STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, family storytimes, to makerspaces and in-person or virtual homework help, libraries transform lives through education.
Libraries offer free and fun educational resources and activities that bring families and communities together. Students and parents at Cobb Elementary are introduced to the public library in September of every year. “I explain to the kids and parents that the public library is only 2.5 miles from the school,” said Candi Boehme. “By going to the public library, students have access to additional print and digital resources.” The library at Cobb Elementary posts the monthly calendar from the North Channel Library for students and parents to see the fun and exciting activities that are available for the Channelview community.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
“The public library programs serve students of all ages,” said Principal Lizette Casteline. “For younger children, they offer early literacy resources to help them learn to read and encourage school readiness, and for teens and older students, they provide access to technology and digital tools as well as GED resources.”
During the first week of September, 80 Harris County Public Library Card Applications have been submitted in for students at Cobb Elementary School. The school has promoted its efforts through Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends. In their role, the characters promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries transform lives and communities. You can find representatives from the North Channel Library holding special sessions for families on Channelview ISD campuses during the month of September.
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held in September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit the North Channel Library in person or online at https://www.hcpl.net/branch/north-channel-branch-library.