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A Library Card Is More Than Just For Books


September 11, 2019

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and the Glasgow City-County Library is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to encourage people of all ages to obtain a free library card. This year, Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 characters are Library Card Sign-Up Month honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card.

In addition to giving the ability to check out books that enter a reader into another world or help a reader learn something new, a Glasgow City-County library card also opens a number of different worlds within the realms of media. With a library card, a patron can check out a favorite movie and/or get caught up or start a new television series. The library has over 3,000 feature films, documentaries and television shows available. Within the walls of the library, there are weekly and daily newspapers (including the Glasgow Courier!) to catch up on your news. They also have a wide variety of magazines including People, Time and Better Homes and Garden to view and check out.

If the Glasgow City-County Library doesn’t have what you are looking for, they are able to borrow items through other libraries through the Inter-Library Loan program. You can also utilize their subscription to Heritage Quest, an online database to find your family tree. This database has access to US Censuses and more.

Getting prepared for a long road trip or need something different to occupy your mind? The Glasgow City-County Library has a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books on CD that can be checked out. Have a Kindle or other e-reader? Utilize Montana Library 2 Go, accessible through the Glasgow City-County Library website, where both audio and ebooks can be electronically checked out to you for usage on the e-reader.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show 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. Throughout the year, the Glasgow City-County library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning. One such program is story time for young children, which is held every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the basement of the library, which exposes young children to the joy of reading and encourages school readiness.

To sign up for a library card, please visit the Glasgow City-County Library in person. Library cards are free to all residents and property owners of Valley County, some neighboring county residents, and railroad workers. Adults are required to show a picture ID and proof of residency. Children are welcome to apply for their own library card but will need parent or guardian permission. Upon completion of the application, a patron may check out up to two items until their application is processed and they receive their card in the mail.

Stop by the Glasgow City-County Library today to sign up for a card. Already have one? Stop by to check out one of the many items they have. The library is located at 408 3rdAve. S, Glasgow. They can be contacted at 228-2731.

The Valley County Friends of the Library helps promote visibility of the library, enhances the library through supplemental funding, advocates for the library and promotes love of reading and life-long learning. The Valley County Friends of the Library is currently looking for volunteers to help with our upcoming book sale on Saturday, Oct. 26. Please contact Friends of the Library Director Michelle Bigelbach at [email protected] if you are interested.


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