February 11, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – If your child steps foot inside any City of West Palm Beach community center, they will step out with a shiny new library card.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is launching a new campaign to ensure every single child in the city who attends programs at the city’s community centers has a Mandel Library of West Palm Beach library card.
The first step is to contact every child currently enrolled in the city’s community center programs, and give them a library card. The cards have been distributed to the centers and are given out to the children right on the spot. Once the hundreds of currently enrolled children have a card, Parks and Recreation staff will give a card to every new child when they register.
“One of the most important things we do in our centers is provide chances for our kids to learn and grow. Our library is an incredible resource, and if we can encourage our kids to take advantage of it, new windows will open for them,” said Leah Rockwell, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation.
In addition to being able to visit the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach downtown, the kids will also be able to download books from computers located inside the city’s community centers.
Once the majority of children have their new library cards, library staff will be visiting the city’s community centers to teach the kids how to access books and other items on line.