Basehor library promoting library cards
As part of Library Card Sign-Up Month, the Basehor Community Library is trying to persuade all area residents to get a library card in the month of September.
The sign-up month program is part of the American Library Association's effort to increase readership in the United States.
"This is aimed at everyone," Basehor Community Library assistant director Jenne Laytham said. "We want people to come and get their library cards because this is the time to do it."
The sign up is being promoted by the Your Library Card Can Take You Anywhere program. The promotion entails photos of library cardholders showing their cards in different U.S. cities.
"It's nationwide," Laytham said.
Although the library hopes to get as many people as possible signed up, Laytham said the program is specifically geared toward students at Glenwood Ridge Elementary and Basehor Elementary School.
All classrooms from the two schools are competing in a contest in which the winning classroom receives a free pizza party. The class that reads the most books in the month of September will be the winner.
Laytham said the contest is one more way to enjoy the ALA- sponsored program.
"We have been so enthused," Laytham said. "It is really nice to see the kids come in and enjoy the library."
According to the latest figure, the Basehor Community Library has approximately 1,600 readers with library cards. That has increased since September 2000, which is when the library gave away cards to promote their new automated system, Laytham said.
Although the number is higher, Laytham said those residents who don't have a card do not realize what they are missing.
"The library card is free, you do not have to have a Basehor address to get one," she said.
"I don't think a lot of people in the community don't realize the amount of resources we have available. I think people would be surprised at how much we have to offer," she added.
The Basehor Community Library is also offering it's Drive to Read program to area youth.
The program is targeted at children ages 12 to 17. Those who read a book from the ALA best books list and write the best essay about a book they read will receive a free trip to Miami.
During the trip, the winner will have a chance to meet NASCAR driver Ward Burton on Nov. 11.
Contest entries must be sent to the ALA and postmarked by Oct. 12 to be considered for the contest.