Library cards help get kids ready for school

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Westborough – The Westborough Public Library wants to make sure that all students have the most important school supply of all – a library card.

Owning a library card provides resources students need to compete academically. The Westborough Public Library provides free access to news databases, encyclopedias, test preparation materials, homework help and many other resources. Free Internet access and Wi-Fi are accessible during regular library hours, with printers available to help complete assignments. Students who need help with homework or projects can work one-on-one with tutors at home or at the library by clicking TUTOR.COM through the library's website www.westboroughlib.org and entering their library card number. There is no cost for this service, if students access it through the library website.
Library Director Maureen Ambrosino believes using the library's services can help kids do well in school.
“Today's libraries provide all types of students with the tools they need to succeed,” Ambrosino said. “Libraries provide young readers with exciting and engaging programs and useful resources that make learning fun. It is for these reasons that now, more than ever, a library card is a student's most important school supply.”
Getting a library card is easy. Applicants can take a photo ID with their current address to the Circulation Desk and fill out a short form. Children 12 and under who wish to get cards should take a parent to the Children's Room on the lower level of the library.
To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month, Westborough Public Library is unveiling a redesigned card featuring a photo of the library; it includes both a wallet-size and keychain-size card. Patrons who wish to replace their old cards can do so for $1 by taking their old cards to the Circulation Desk.

For more information, visit the Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St., call 508-366-3050, or visit the library online at www.westboroughlib.org.