Fort Scott and area residents are encouraged to get involved with their public library as it and other libraries around the nation participate in Library Card Sign-Up Month through the month of September.
“As is every month, September is a great month to get a library card,” library director Lisa Walther said, saying the library provides numerous services to the community. “There’s a lot of stuff they can come get.”
The Fort Scott Public Library is part of a consortium that includes 41 libraries, allowing someone with a Fort Scott library card, for example, to check out books from any one of those other libraries or place a hold on books from them.
The area library also provides eBooks for those who would like to read books on their kindle or other device. Those can even be checked out from home instead of coming to the library itself.
“We’re always adding new items,” Walther said.
Those without a library card can get one just by bringing their driver’s license and proof of address, at no cost for Kansas residents or owners of Kansas property. In just the last month, the age limit was changed so library card holders can be as young as five years old.
Events such as a weekly book reading every Tuesday at 10 a.m. will also be provided to those youngest community members. An event for school-aged children will be hosted at the library during an upcoming weekend, with more details to come.
The local library also encourages members of the community to take part in the National Read a Book Day, Sept. 6.