New library card will give all kids access to books

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 13–19, by introducing a new library card just for kids age 12 and under, the "Three for Me" card.

Unlike a traditional library card, which requires a parent’s or guardian’s signature, the Three for Me card has no such requirement. Children 12 and under can get the card themselves with just an address and a birthdate, and check out up to three children’s books at a time.

“We understand that it is not always possible for a parent or guardian to come to the library to sign a library card application for a child,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “The Three for Me card ensures that all children are able to check out books, no matter what their circumstances may be.” The card also supports literacy by focusing on books; children cannot check out DVDs or other audio-visual items with the card.

Levin noted that the Ohio Department of Education’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee program has put pressure on kids and their teachers to get kids reading at grade level by the end of third grade. “The Three for Me card guarantees that every kid in our community will have access to books, and our youth librarians can help them find books at their reading level that will interest them.”

Children can sign up for a Three for Me card at any Heights Libraries location (Lee Road, Coventry Village, Noble Neighborhood or University Heights) starting April 14. The card carries no overdue fines, but children must return items before they can check out more. Children can still acquire a regular library card with the signature of a parent or guardian.

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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