Through the Fairfield Schools Family Literacy Fund, a grant made possible by an anonymous donor, children who live within the Fairfield Community Schools district (Clinton, Benton, and Jackson townships) can receive a free Syracuse Public Library card! Sign up is now active and will run through Aug. 1.
The purpose of this program is to prevent the "summer slide" that a long break from school can cause by providing access to a library. Families within Clinton, Jackson, and Benton townships can come to the Syracuse Public Library with their photo IDs and proof of address (such as a utility bill or other piece of mail) to register for these summer library cards.
To qualify, children must be aged birth to those entering grade 12 in the fall. Children need not attend school to be eligible -- preschoolers and homeschoolers within the three townships are encouraged to come, too. Families with multiple children aged birth to 12 years old will only receive one card; however, children 13-18 are eligible for their own library cards.
The summer library card gives the cardholder access to all library services and materials with the exception of hotspots. This includes access to Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla databases, providing access to e-books, audiobooks, magazines, TV shows, movies, documentary, online classes, music and more.
Summer library cards expire Aug. 31. The Syracuse Public Library does offer nonresident library cards for one year ($75.50) or four months ($25.50) for those interested in maintaining a long-term library card.
For more information, call the library at (574) 457-3022.
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