Ohio: “Cuyahoga County Libraries Push Every Child To Have A Library Card”
Every child and teenager 18 should have a library card and take advantage of the services a library offers, say officials from nine library systems who are coordinating “A Card for Every Kid” initiative.
“Libraries are great equalizers. They offer any child access to books and other learning resources no matter what city they live in, no matter their socio-economic status,” Euclid Public Library Director Kacie Armstrong said in a statement. “Every public library in our county shares the goal of ensuring that every child can check out materials at their neighborhood library.”
A surprising number of kids in our communities don’t have their own library cards, and we want to better understand why,” Armstrong said. “For instance, out of the approximately 11,000 residents under the age of 18 in the city of Euclid in 2014, roughly half had a library card. Is it because the parent didn’t know their child could have their own card? Is it because the child doesn’t want one? Are there other factors? Knowing this information will help us be more effective in our outreach to our families.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.