September was a big month for Ste. Genevieve County Library and its library card campaign. In total, 166 patrons signed up for library cards and 24 people renewed existing cards that had expired.
“A library card is instrumental in a positive school year and a key to lifelong learning,” said library director Shawn Long. “Best of all, it’s free. We were also very fortunate that we had a sponsor for this event who sees the value in what the library does, which allowed us to get some prizes that new patrons could win.”
The Ste. Genevieve County Herald donated three prizes. The library gave away other items, including bookmarks and stickers.
“The Herald was a great partner for this because reading is so critical in the success of not only students but the community at large,” Long said.
Owen Viox won a disc golf set, Charlie Friedman won a Sweet Things sampler, and Lucille Joggerst won a Kindle Fire.
Aside from the traditional books that libraries have been known for, Ste. Genevieve County Library has expanded its collection over the years. Patrons not only have access to new releases and e-books but also wifi, computers, DVDs, audio books, graphic novels and fishing equipment.
A new service that was recently added to the library’s offerings is an expansion of EBSCO services, including student and adult courses from EBSCO LearningExpress.
“A library card allows patrons access to countless classes, from learning how to utilize the entire Microsoft Office Suite like Excel or Word to Adobe Photoshop and even ACT and GED prep courses.” Long said. “Countless people in our community may be considering purchasing courses or attending classes to improve their knowledge on programs that our own library offers for free, so it’s important that we are informing our community about everything the library has to offer.”
For more information on what a library card can do, check out the library’s Facebook page, visit the library, e-mail the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 573-883-3358.
(Information in a release from the Ste. Genevieve County Library.)