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The power behind a library card


Just past the walls of a library, an imagination can run wild. You can soak up a wealth of knowledge, explore a new world, or sit back and get lost in an old classic. You can do of this for free at your public library.

Thomas Davis signed up for a New Hanover County library card last month, along with about fifty others. “You can meet interesting people here at the same time,” he said. “Sit down and read a book and have plenty of time to yourself.”

The increase in membership is partly because of a campaign raising awareness about new resources available to members. New Hanover County Library Director Harry Tuchmayer said it is also because of the economy.

“We have people who are looking for jobs and have materials that can help them find that. We have access to free internet resources that allow them to search for jobs and apply for jobs online. And then people are also trying to re-educate themselves and re-tool themselves, also we have a lot of resources on people starting their own business,” Tuchmayer said.

With your free library card, you can access more than 90 databases, from magazines and old newspapers, to encyclopedias; you can even learn a foreign language. And you don’t have to be at the library to access this information; you can be at work or in the comfort of your own home. All you will need to know is your library card number.

Kids can also access an online tutoring program to get help with their homework. Tuchmayer said, “What we were trying to do is in the month of September tell people about the value of that card, and what it could get you in the new 21st century online.”

The New Hanover County Library has 40,000 active members at it’s four locations. Each year, they see about one million people walk through the door.

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videoWith the wealth of information available to us online, we sometimes forget about the resources available at the public library. The month of September brought about a nationwide push to encourage people to sign up for a library card.

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