By Angie Georgeff
Like every other month, September has its share of observances. In fact, you could easily plan a bountiful banquet around the chicken, prime beef, rice and wild rice, fruit and veggies, mushrooms and honey that are being celebrated this month. Perhaps the fact that it’s National Coupon Month will help you save money on all of those ingredients. Children’s Good Manners Month seems to fit comfortably with September’s harvest theme, along with National Cholesterol Education Month and Hunger Action Month.
Story may be lobbying for Happy Cat Month, but the observance we care most about at your library is Library Card Sign-Up Month. We know the benefits of that little piece of plastic and want everybody to enjoy them. That is why everyone who signs up for and receives a new library card during the month of September will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Walmart gift card.
It still surprises me how often we are asked how much it costs to get a library card. Your initial card is free, but if you lose it, a replacement card will cost you $1, which is pretty much what it costs us. And applying is simple: You just have to fill out the application, sign it and present a federal or state government-issued photo ID. You also will need some proof of address, like a utility bill, if your current address does not match the address on the ID.
Children under the age of 18 will be linked to their parent’s account, and the parent will be responsible for any charges they incur. The card may be used upon issue, but only to check out two items at a time for the first six weeks. If the account is in good standing (no overdues or fines) at the end of the six-week probationary period, then the patron may borrow up to ten items at a time. Only adults may check out DVDs.
When you consider the escalating prices of books, DVDs, audiobooks and eBooks, it just makes sense to borrow them from your library. One of our loyal patrons kept track of her cost savings for several years and it added up to thousands of dollars per year. Borrowing books and other library materials also helps reduce the clutter in your home. And having a library card of their own gives kids a sense of responsibility.
The Unicoi County Public Library Board of Trustees will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Revisions to the library’s constitution will be considered. The public is welcome to attend. If you require special accommodations, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.