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Library card sign-up encouraged

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The Salt Lake City Public Library System will join other libraries across the country during September in reminding parents that a library card is their child's most important school supply.

It's the "Say Yes . . . and Know" campaign, an observance launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then-Secretary of Education Edward Bennett, who said, "Let's have a national campaign . . . every child should obtain a library card — and use it."

City library Director Nancy Tessman said "libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to at home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning."

Any Salt Lake City or Salt Lake County resident may have a free library card. Picture identification and verification of current Salt Lake County residency is required. Cards are issued on the spot and may be used immediately. Anyone under the age of 18 must have the signature of a parent or legal guardian.

A city library card may be registered and used at the Murray City Library and the Salt Lake County Library System. Individuals who live outside Salt Lake County pay a $30 annual fee to obtain a city library card.