Putting a Library Card in Every Student’s Hand

Ozark High School is awarded a $200 check for winning the 2021 Library Card Drive. Pictured (left to right): Outreach Manager Scott Villarreal, Ozark High School Librarian Amanda Smith, Friends of the Library Treasurer Julia Taylor, Friends of the Library President Dave Carmichael

Having a library card is powerful. It’s your pass to learning and exploration, with access to books, audiobooks, movies, WiFi hotspots, musical instruments, craft and yoga classes and much, much more. So, each year in October, the Christian County Library collaborates with teachers and librarians in schools all across the county to host a library card drive.

This time of year is when we want to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Our goal? By the end of the drive, there will be a library card in every student’s hand.

Throughout the month, library card applications were delivered to area school teachers and librarians and then collected for processing. Having an accurate count of completed applications is an important part of the process, because the school with the highest percentage of students registered for a library card is awarded a $200 check, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, to purchase new books and materials.

Which school had the highest percentage for 2021? Ozark High School! Thanks to the efforts of Librarian Amanda Smith, the Ozark Tigers will carry this distinction until next October.

Become a lifelong learner with your own library card.

Public libraries provide educational resources and services for patrons of all ages. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps and technology classes to the expertise of staff members that care, a library card is one of the most cost-effective ways to become a lifelong learner.

If you live, own property or attend school in Christian County, you’re eligible for a free Christian County library card. Don’t miss out on all the library opportunities for the entire family. Need a library card? Stop by any community library branch today—it takes only a few minutes.