A library card is a rite of passage for many young cubs. I remember putting my paw print on my first library card at my neighborhood library, and the many hours of reading I enjoyed. Now you have one more reason to head to your nearest public library and get your child a library card—no fines on children’s items checked out on children’s cards! All cardholders age 17 and under benefit from the change at both Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Library System.
“As part of Whatcom County Library System’s strategic planning process, we looked at ways to support children’s reading. We heard from parents who said that fear of incurring library fines was one barrier keeping them from getting library cards for their children. This policy change eliminates that barrier,” said Joan Airoldi, WCLS Director.
Pamela Kiesner, Director of the Bellingham Public Library, concurs. “One of our primary focuses is on early learning, and we want to get library cards into as many children’s hands as possible, to start them on the path to lifelong learning.” Studies show that children who have access to large numbers of books in the home achieve higher levels of education than those who do not.
You still have to return the materials on time and you will still receive overdue notices to remind you. And if an item is lost or damaged, you will be charged replacement costs. The main difference is that you will not be charged any overdue fines on those children’s (or teen) materials checked out on your children’s (or Teens’) cards.
Remember that you can renew materials online, in person, or on the phone. And there are item returns located all around the county and in Bellingham. In fact, as part of the Whatcom Libraries Collaborate-One Card program, you can even return your public library materials to all the academic libraries in Whatcom County.
So get your cubs a library card today and get ‘em reading!