Do You Have Your Henry County Library Card? September is Sign-Up Month

Libraries Provide An Important Extension to Children's Education and Lots of Free Activities

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove September 14, 2022

Libraries transform lives through education and lifelong learning. Librarians play an invaluable role in the education of youth by encouraging and giving access to reading. 

Reading has been proven to stimulate optimal patterns of brain development, which builds language skills. Studies show that children who read either at home or in the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.   

Librarians are a key resource for literacy

Librarians are literacy experts. They design programs that stimulate and enrich learning while providing fun and engaging opportunities to learn. They offer an array of activities, from baby story time to toddler and pre-school age (which often include puppets, music, dance and singing), to tween and teen programming as well. These events create a foundation for a love of reading in children, and also offer a connective outreach for parents and caregivers to socialize and make new friends. Best of all, these activities are free! 

Libraries offer free activities for the whole family

The creative nature of events that libraries host is remarkable. I am amazed at the variety of FREE programs that Henry County libraries offer. There are activities for every age from toddler story times, classes of all kinds for you, teens, adults and seniors, events and more. Some activities you'll find at our Henry County Libraries include:

  • Story Times
  • Trivia & Games
  • Fine Motor Classes
  • Computer Classes
  • Craft Classes and take home kits
  • Coding, Robotics and STEM activities and classes
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Escape Room and Scavenger Hunt activities
  • Movie Marathons
  • Zumba
  • Meditation & Journaling Class
  • Clubs
    • Literary Legos
    • Book Clubs
    • Community Garden Clubs
    • Chess Club
    • Anime and Manga Club

Libraries are a great way to feed your voracious reading habit. A membership can keep you from going broke buying books.  

Fun Fact: The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin and a group of his friends, became the first American subscription library. The Library Company, while founded as a membership library, did allow members to borrow books, and so may have been the first truly public library.

Extras Offered by the Library

  • Mobile printing - print from your phone and pick it up at the library
  • Live 1-1 Tutoring from 3-10 pm
  • Online Resources
  • Free passes to Parks & Museums
  • You can get free passes from the library for:
    • Zoo Atlanta
    • Michael C. Carlos Museum
    • Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
    • Go Fish Education Center
    • Center for Puppetry Arts
    • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
    • Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences
    • Harriet Tubman Museum
    • Chattahoochee Nature Center
    • William Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage
    • Alliance Theatre

How to get a Library Card

You are eligible to apply for a free PINES card if you live, work, or go to school in Georgia. 

1. Get a digital card. To instantly get a digital PINES library card (valid for one year) click here to apply.

2. To upgrade to a full PINES library card and gain the ability to check out library books and other non-digital materials, visit your local library branch with your e-card account number and your ID. If your ID does not show your current address, you will be asked for additional proof of address.

Library Sign-Up Month is a great reminder that our local libraries provide an extension to education beyond school and our home. So visit your local library this month and find out all the great things it has to offer your family!

Don't forget to check out the Macaroni Kid McDonough-Stockbridge-Griffin website and newsletter for all the library events listed in one place!