Library cards offer many uses
by Kevin Pearson
Sep 18, 2013 | 1251 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and is used to help remind people what the library systems have to offer.

The Bolivar County Library System and the Sunflower County Library System are both participating in the program.

To receive a library card and be eligible to check out items and get full use of all of the services that the library system provides, patrons just have to take their driver’s license or another proof of address to their local library and they will be issued one for free.

Bolivar County Library System’s Interim Director Linda Kern said, “If you have a library card, it will get you just about anything we check out … free to the public.”

Some of the things that you can check out from the Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library in Cleveland include books, large print books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, a projector and screen, a meeting room, and the newly added eBooks.

To check out eBooks, an app must be downloaded to your device, and then you can go to the Axis 360 Magic Wall and check out an eBook.

The e-books will stay on your device for two weeks and will then automatically return itself after the two weeks is up.

“You can do it to just about any device,” said Kern. “If you’re really technology savvy, it’s on our home page and you can do it yourself by following the instructions on our homepage.”

Mary Ann Stone, director of the Sunflower County Library System, said a library card in Sunflower County also allows access to a variety of areas.

“Patrons can borrow print materials, audio, video, public access computer use, and e-books. They can view historical artifacts of Sunflower County in the History Room located in Indianola,” she said.

“We works with local schools to help children obtain required reading and we have developed a collection to go along with the Common Core Standards,” said Stone.

“If we don’t have a title in our collection that you are looking for, we can get it for patrons through our Interlibrary loan system and borrow them from other libraries in the state,” she added, which is also available in Bolivar County.

Other services offered in Bolivar County include 24 public access computers, Paperback Exchange, Dancing Rabbit Library Consortium, photocopying, faxing, scanning, and local history and genealogy collections.

Paperback Exchange is a program that allows patrons to bring in their old paperback books and trade them out for the same number of other select paperbacks.

Dancing Rabbit Library Consortium card can be applied for by patrons that have had a library card for at least six months and that is in good standing with the library.

This card allows them to use the library facilities and check out materials from other libraries within the Dancing Rabbit Library Consortium, which can be found on the Bolivar County Library System’s website.

Another interesting service that the Bolivar County Library System offers is Rocket Languages, where library patrons can learn seven different languages, including sign language, for free.

If you give the library the authority to do so, the library will keep track of the books you have checked out so you never have to wonder if you’ve read a book or not.

There is no limit to the number of books that can be checked out from the library and they can be checked out for two weeks and DVDs can be checked out for three days.

The Sunflower County Library System also provides informational programs.

“One of our biggest programs is that of Read Between the Lions story hours for children and our annual summer reading programs in June,” said Stone. “We offer public access computer use and have Wi-Fi available at three of our branches — Indianola, Drew, and Ruleville. We provide reference services to assist patrons with research and can help provide reading assistance for the blind and handicap citizens,” Stone added.

“We love our libraries and we live in a community that loves their libraries,” said Kern. “Our friends, our city, and our county are so supportive of this library and have been so supportive over the years we can’t thank them enough for what they do. It’s their (the community’s) library, we’re just lucky enough to work here.”