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Library Month Offers Real Steals

August 31, 2009

LAS VEGAS - With the jobless rate stuck in the double digits, plenty of Nevadans are in need of a bargain these days, and the good news is that, starting this week, there's a super-bargain to be had as close as your local library. This week kicks off National Library Card Month, and Rob Morse, the deputy director of the Las Vegas/Clark County Library District, says you can take a lot of pressure off your wallet and open the door to lots of educational and entertainment options during September.

"A library card opens a whole world of possibilities, especially during these trying economic times; we have popular DVDs, popular music, we have downloadable audio books, and e-books that you can read online; the possibilities are endless. "

Morse says it's no accident that National Library Card Month falls in September, because it's also back-to-school time. He says it's the perfect time to bring kids in elementary through high school down to the library to sign up for their free library cards; in return they get free access to homework help that's available both in the library and online.

Morse says students in Clark County have extra help available through live tutors that they can chat with online.

"For anything on math, history, science, anything you're having trouble with in your homework, you can get online, talk to a live tutor. As long as you have a library card it's free, and it's something I think is very valuable. "

As an added incentive, Clark County residents who sign up for their free library cards in September get a chance to win a Premier Family Pass to the Springs Preserve cultural-historical area, and existing card holders get a discount when they visit the Preserve's museums, galleries, gardens and trails.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV