Get onboard with local library card

GLOVERSVILLE — September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and this might be the time to finally get a library card and indulge in all a library has to offer.

According to a news release from the Mohawk Valley Library System, MVLS, September is dedicated to getting more people to sign up for library cards.

Barbara Madonna of the Gloversville Public Library said Wednesday that all that is needed to sign up for a card is a photo identification card and an addition item that lists their current address. A rent recipe, utility bill, pay stub, or piece of mail issued within the last two to three months are all accepted.

Madonna said for kids and teens 17 and younger, a parent or guardian most accompany them with the necessary information and paperwork.

Madonna said the library will have a booth at Friday’s Twilight Market on North Main Street to speak with attendees about the library’s services. The Fresh Start-themed market will kick off at 5 p.m.

In addition, the Gloversville Public Library was at the Caroga Lake Music Society event at the Concordia Club.

“We are increasing our outreach. We are trying to educate people that library cards are free and [we were] handing out a brochure about how to get them and encouraging more people to come down and partake of our services,” Madonna said.

In Gloversville, cards are needed to use the computer systems. Madonna said there are guest passes available for those who are visiting or have just moved to the city and may not have the necessary identification or paperwork.

“But by and large we require people to have a library card in good standing,” Madonna said. Library cards also enable holders to borrow DVDs and CD’s. According to the news release, library card holders can also get access to databases and free museum passes.

A library card in good standing means they don’t have too many overdue books or haven’t lost any books, Madonna said.

In the Mohawk Valley Library system, card holders can borrow from other libraries within the system through the Inter-Library Loan system.

More than 126,000 ILL requests were filled at MVLS libraries last year, according to the news release.

“That is the nice thing about how our system works within the MVLS and the Southern Adirondack Library system. Library cards are good at all of those libraries,” Madonna said. “Their policies might be slightly different as far as how many books you can take out and what materials can be borrowed as someone who doesn’t live in their community. But by and large, those cards are good everywhere in the eight counties we have this agreement with.

According to the MVLS, among the resources at Gloversville Public Library are a service where volunteers deliver books to homebound patrons and an extensive microfilm collection of the local newspaper – often used in genealogical searches.

The MVLS also said patrons also get 24/7 access to thousands of electronic books and audio books that can be borrowed using a smart phone or other mobile device. Last year, patrons borrowed more than 87,000 of these digital items.

Dawn Lamphere, Director of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library in St. Johnsville said in the news release that her library strives to “provide a welcoming, nurturing, and safe environment where our patrons can access a wide range of services.”

“Libraries change lives, and obtaining a library card is the first step in that process,” said Lamphere in the news release.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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