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September

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month  

September is the perfect time to celebrate libraries and learning. 

A new blog post from Danielle Pulliam, program officer at The Pinkerton Foundation in New York City, describes partnerships for a community culture of reading anchored in the library system. The Pinkerton Foundation brings schools and community organizations together to collectively increase literacy for children from birth to fifth grade.

Public libraries support national efforts to help children read competently during the early elementary years. By reading proficiently by the end of third grade, students are more likely to complete high school. Library card ownership has benefits:
 

  • A study from the Institute of Museum and Library Services shows that first-grade children who had a library card were more than twice as likely to visit the library compared to children who did not have a library card, even after controlling for the effects of socioeconomic status.
  • An article in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that parents of young children who had a library card were more likely to read aloud to their young children, and use more diverse language as they read, compared to parents whose children did not have a library card.  
     

As you look forward to a new school year, be sure to encourage a young person to sign up for alibrary card and get connected to a world of learning!

Warmly,
Harvard Family Research Project