Meeting the challenge

Mike Hensel - London Public Library

Area students are back in the classroom for another year of academic achievements. To help them make the most of the year, the library encourages parents and caregivers to sign their school-age students up for a library card.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and access to the library is one of the greatest school supplies you can get for your student.

Today, the London Public Library has the ability to provide students access to over 4.5 million items through its Central Library Consortium network. Whether it’s a book for a beginner reader or a prep book for taking the SATs, the library has the ability to connect students to resources.

Other services at the public library include access to online databases such as World Book Online, Academic Search Premier, Science Reference Center and so much more. To learn more about what kind of databases are available with a library card, visit the library or go online to

Of course life isn’t all work and no play. The library has thousands of DVD movies, music CDs, audiobooks and video games for all ages. Plus, the library has programs geared towards educational endeavors that also have entertainment value.

Getting a library card is easy and free. Parents or legal guardians of students at least five years of age wishing to obtain a card just need to bring in an Ohio photo ID with a current address. If the ID does not have the current address then a utility bill will be accepted as proof of address. A parent or legal guardian must have a library card in good standing prior to opening an account for a student. For more information on obtaining a library card, visit

When it comes to meeting this year’s academic challenges, make sure your student has a library card to assist in his or her educational endeavors. The library is located at 20 E. First St. in London and may be reached at 740-852-9543.

Mike Hensel, director, MLIS, London Public Library, can be reached at

Mike Hensel

London Public Library