September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Is a library card on your child's back to school list? If it isn't there already, it should be! A library card gives a reader access to over one million books, videos, and other items in the Outagamie-Waupaca Library System to expand learning and for entertainment. People can also browse through a large database of magazine articles available through the online catalog, www.infosoup.org. Additionally, helpful and knowledgeable librarians are ready to help steer library patrons toward any materials and information they might be looking for.

And, best of all, your initial library card is free! Just stop by a local library with a photo ID and proof of residence (for instance, a driver's license or state ID with a current address).

Most public libraries in Waupaca County work with local schools to make sure all students have a library card before finishing the first grade, but guardians can register their child for a library card at an earlier age if they feel it is appropriate. A child's library card requires their guardian's signature, as well as the guardian's proof of ID and residence.

"Having a card for the public library is very helpful when students are researching a topic that our school library doesn't have many resources on," said Kari Schwartz, Iola-Scandinavia School's library media center director. "The card provides students with access to their local library's resources, as well as resources at the other Infosoup libraries."

If a library card is lost, replacement cards are available for up to $3. Anyone who is not sure if they already have a library card can inquire at a local library. Current address and other patron information can be updated at the same time.

Now is also a great time to make sure your library card is in good standing. Cards in good standing have fines or other fees totalling less than $5. Fines and fees can be paid at a local library or online.

To make a payment online, an individual's fines and fees must total over $4. Go to www.Infosoup.org and click on "View My Account." Click on your name, located near the upper right corner of the web-page, then click on "Fines/Fees" from the list on the left side of your account page.

The same OWLS library card can be used at all public libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca counties.

A library card is a passport to the greater world for adults and children. Never stop reading ─ visit a local library today!

The Waupaca County public libraries include: