Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Let Your Library Ease You Back to School

Summer was great, but now it's time to get back to those books. Your San Marino Public Library can help. We have over one hundred thousand books, CDs, videos, and DVDs for study and play. We also subscribe to eleven online databases, including some with full-text magazine and newspaper articles. These are available 24 hours a day over the Web to library card holders.

How can you get a library card? Come into the library and fill out an application. Or, download the application from our web site: http://sanmarinopl.org/forms/smpllibcardapp.pdf. (You will need a copy of the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader to see this form: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.) Print out the application and bring it, along with your driver's license or other proof of residence, to the Check-Out desk in the library. You don't have to live in San Marino to get a card.

Most people will receive their new library cards in minutes. Students of the San Marino School District will take a couple of days to process because we want to put copies of their cards at the school libraries.

Library users who don't like overdue fines may join the Friends of the San Marino Public Library with a Family Level membership. For $125, families receive a book bag, no overdue fines, free reserves, and free videos and DVDs for 1 year. Plus, they provide essential support for their local library. More details are available at http://sanmarinopl.org/about/friends.html.

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