The most important back-to-school supply for students is free
Charleston County Public Library is encouraging county residents to sign up for a free card - adding it to every child's school supply list and to every adult's wallet or key ring.
This nationwide campaign is held each September to promote signing up in conjunction with the start of school. Studies have shown that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to use the library as a source of lifelong learning.
In an effort to reach students as they transition from one school or grade to another, Library staff visit schools with a special focus on students in kindergarten and sixth grade. In 2014, there were 256,481 library cardholders, library staff registered 791 students and 3,857 items were checked out by those students during the year.
In Charleston County, students can get help through the Library's Ask-A-Question reference service where they can get help from a Reference Librarian by visiting a branch, calling 805-6930, use instant messaging by typing a question into the chat box on the CCPL website, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or text 66756 and begin your question with askccpl.
The Library's website - www.ccpl.org - also offers Homework Help under Services for Children and provides free access to dozens of reliable reference databases in its Resources section, many of them available remotely simply by logging in with a Library card number.