September is National Library Card Sign-up month and National Literacy Month, and we're is encouraging the public to obtain a free library card. A library card opens the door for people of all ages to education, enlightenment, and entertainment. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries unite together to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.
Providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs, homework help and technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available. Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to highlight the supportive role libraries and librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to utilize libraries as a source of lifelong learning.
To celebrate National Literacy month, we'll be offering Intermediate ESL classes for adults, starting in September and continuing through December. According to the 2011 U.S. Census, more than five million people in Florida speak a language other than English. These free classes are the result of a partnership with the Adult Literacy League and aim to improve English conversation skills and language literacy.
In addition, we'll begin offering Career Online High School, a completely online program to receive your high school diploma in order to accelerate your professional life. Beth Reynolds, research librarian, is heading up this program, and says, “This program is an excellent option for individuals already in the workforce that are looking to advance their career – whether that be in the same field or starting a new profession. The program can be completed online in under 18 months, granting them the flexibility and speed needed to improve their quality of life.” For more information on enrolling in Career Online High School, contact Beth Reynolds at 407-623-3300 ext. 103.