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A Child’s First Library Card = Reader For Life

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library,
two ladies holding a baby chewing on a library card

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and as we librarians know, the value of a library card is limitless! But what about if you have children in your lives? A frequent question at the reference desk is, “How old do you have to be to receive a library card?” The answer is, everyone can receive a library card, even toddlers, even babies!

group of kids and their moms

Children's Librarian Miss Lauren with new library card holder Bear Rodman enjoying Learn and Play Storytime

Recently, toddlers, Bear, Lola, and Ellis received their first library cards after a Learn and Play event. Learn and Play is a storytime program series that demonstrates to parents and caregivers early literacy skills in action. Hands-on exploration and learning are emphasized with free materials that participants can take home.

From left to right, Jackie Rodman and Bear Rodman; Jennifer Sun and Lola Rodighiero; Cristalle Sese and Ellis Sese

From left to right, Jackie Rodman and Bear Rodman; Jennifer Sun and Lola Rodighiero; Cristalle Sese and Ellis Sese

The most enduring feeling one gets when walking into the children’s area of a library is joy in seeing kids and their families looking completely at ease in the library and around books. Signing up your child for their first library card can be a great start to having your child feel confident and comfortable in the library and around books.

The library is more than just books, so make sure to check out our KidsPath. By using your library card, you will have free access to Tutor.com which has live online tutoring and homework help, ScienceFlix which explores dozens of science topics, TumbleBooks, and BookFlix which have e-books and fun online picture books and videos that read the story out loud with animation.

"Now I like books and they like me, so when I go to the library, I sit down in my favorite chair and check to see who’s there." The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark

Below is a list of books that you can read to prepare the children in your lives for a library visit and to possibly get a library card. There are books on the list for all different age ranges that portray children at the library not only learning and respecting the books and people, but having fun and adventures.

Children's Books About the Library

The Library Book
Chapin, Tom, 1945-

A Library Book for Bear
Becker, Bonny,

No T. Rex in the Library
Buzzeo, Toni.

Books for Me!
Fliess, Sue,

Lottie Paris and the Best Place
Johnson, Angela, 1961-

Library Mouse
Kirk, Daniel.

Library Lion
Knudsen, Michelle.

Lola at the Library
McQuinn, Anna.

Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card
Parish, Herman.

Peppa Pig and the Library Visit

Kevin Goes to the Library
Slegers, Liesbet.

The Haunted Library
Butler, Dori Hillestad,

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Grabenstein, Chris.