Kindergarten students receive library cards at school

Hundreds of Island children who started school this year are receiving their first library cards from librarians who are visiting classrooms.

The library cards are presented each year to kindergarten students during October which is Canadian Library month. The program encourages children and families to visit their local library and encourages teachers to take advantage of library resources and programming.

“This is an excellent early literacy initiative made possible by a partnership of our schools and libraries. The transitional weeks when a child begins school are the perfect time to make going to the library a part of the family’s learning routine. I encourage families to take advantage of the incredible resources available at their local library.”

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers

Youth service librarian Roseanne Gauthier said library staff look forward to the program each fall and the opportunity to meet the kindergarten students and teachers. “When kindergarten teachers recommend using the public library as part of the ‘starting school’ experience, we believe parents and guardians will be more likely to see the value in filling out the form and using the new card,” she said. “The program gives the Public Library Service another valuable opportunity to build our relationship with kindergarten teachers and bring awareness to all that we have to offer.”

Since 2016, more than 2,000 cards have been issued to kindergarten students. Those students who already have a public library card receive a certificate congratulating them for being a library user.

Islanders can get their free library card simply by applying online or at a library and presenting valid identification. Children 15 years and younger require the signature of a legal guardian.

The PEI Public Library Service operates 26 libraries. There are more than 300,000 items to borrow, including books, musical instruments, dvds, e books, snowshoes, museum passes, fitness and autism kits. With the assistance of 70 dedicated employees, public libraries are community spaces for learning, engaging, creating and enjoyment. More than 800,000 items were borrowed last year from public libraries which are provided by the provincial government in partnership with municipalities.  

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Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
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