Back-to-school tip: Get a library card

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Back-to-school costs are mounting, but librarians are reminding people that one must-have item — the library card — is free.

The American Library Association's annual "September is Library Card Sign-up Month" campaign works to make sure that all students have a library card. In New Hampshire, students have access to the more than 2 million items in the state's libraries' collections, including magazines, movies and music, as well as books.

If a student's library does not own a particular item, it can often be requested from another library in the state. Libraries also offer electronic databases for students to complete their schoolwork.

This year, the ALA has enlisted Snoopy as Joe Cool to help raise awareness about the importance of library cards.

"Parents know that a library card gives students access to information that can help them with their studies," said Michael York, New Hampshire state librarian. "But libraries are even more valuable because they have librarians who can help students navigate through a myriad of sources and find the information they need to complete their school assignments."

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