Transform your year with a library card
  September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Pictured: WCL Circulation Coordinator, Catalina Flores (rt) & Alva May Jordan, now 98 years old, uses her WCL card and reads every day.

Pictured: WCL Circulation Coordinator, Catalina Flores (rt) & Alva May Jordan, now 98 years old, uses her WCL card and reads every day.

The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books. Librarians help people of all ages find what they need to help improve their quality of life. This September, Whitman County Library is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, an initiative to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Libraries build a foundation for children’s future success starting from the earliest stages of development. Librarians play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy. As of 2010, children’s programs accounted for nearly two thirds of library programming in the United States, with more than 2.3 million children’s programs nationwide. Older students can also find tools for success at their local libraries, where they can access high-speed Internet and digital tools, as well as working with trained professionals on how best to use these resources.

As new technologies evolve, libraries continue to lead the way in providing equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet service at home. Close to 90 percent of libraries offer digital literacy training to help students of all ages explore today’s changing world. The Whitman County Library offers tech programming like Microsoft IT Academy, coding camps, robotics, Snap-Circuit training and Ozobot navigation, providing hands-on opportunities for creative assessment.

Resources at the Whitman County Library are available to anyone with a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. “Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Sheri Miller, Youth Services Manager. “For preschool-age children, we offer early literacy resources and Storytimes to encourage school readiness; for older children and teens, we supplement education with multidisciplinary programs; and for nontraditional students, we have GED and electronic resources. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

Throughout September, the library will host several programs, including exercise and yoga classes, after school STEM activities, cyber security classes, electronic circuit training, technology assistance, and much more. First time library card holders who register during September are entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information, visit any branch of the Whitman County Library system, online at Whitman County Library website or call 509-397-4366.

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or our Blog at, the library's events calendar, Facebook, Twitter,  or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.