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Kindergartners learn about all the library has to offer during Kinder-Carding program

February 3, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF – Kindergartners in Scottsbluff are receiving visits from staff at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library and learning how to get their own library cards.

Now in its 25th year, the Kinder-Carding program invites children to come and see all the things they can do at the library. All they need to do is sign up for their own card.

In addition to receiving their first library card, children who make the trip to the library will receive a “Bee a Reader” bag, a “Bonkers for Books” head bopper, yo-yo, bouncy ball, ruler and a pencil. Parents also receive coupons for bringing their children.

“The program emphasizes the importance of reading and libraries to a child’s success,” said Deb Carlson, children’s librarian. “As children and their parents visit the library, they take on ownership and this lays a foundation for future learning.”

All children are welcome to get a library card, regardless of where they live.

“The only reason we visit just Scottsbluff schools is because we are the Scottsbluff library,” Carlson said. “Any kindergarten-aged child is welcome to come and get their first card.”

In 2018, 114 kindergartners came to the library to receive cards, tour the library and receive their rewards.

“We hope to have more children this year,” said Mackenzie Watson, teen librarian and assistant children’s librarian.

Kindergartners can get their card through the end of the school year, but Carlson hopes they come as soon as possible to maintain the energy and enthusiasm they have when they learn about the library.

“If they come now, they’re in the mood to see their library,” Watson said.

Students in St. Agnes kindergarten teacher Teri Ramirez’s class recognized Carlson and Watson as soon as they entered the classroom. Many have already been to programs at the library, but they are now old enough to obtain their own card. The library card, which is free, opens the door to books, movies, magazines and more.

Carlson said it’s also important for parents to understand that kindergarten is the beginning phase of their lifelong learning and reading is an important aspect of learning. Ramirez agreed it was important to be able to read.

“It helps them to learn and reading is everything,” Ramirez said. “You need to know how to read in all subjects.”

When Carlson and Watson finished reading “Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny!” by Jan Thomas to them, one student yelled, “I want to check out that book.” Others were concerned that their absent classmates wouldn’t be able to get a library card. Carlson assured them that wouldn’t happen.

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