Ninety percent ( of Oklahomans consider libraries to be important in learning throughout life according to a recent SoonerPoll survey. Gail Currier, Southern Oklahoma Library System says that statistic is not a surprise as today’s libraries are about more than books. That’s whey the SOLS is joining libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

“Librarians provide important resources to kids of all ages. An overwhelming 89.5 percent of likely Oklahoma voters believe library services are important to their communities and a nearly equal number (87.5 percent) felt that they and their family members, or others that they know of, get good value from their local library, according to the same poll,”Currier said.

Each summer, Oklahoma libraries host reading programs. More than 9,200 kids, teens and preschoolers attended programs provided by SOLS.

“Children  who participate in Summer Reading have the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from spring to the fall,” said Lynn McIntosh, SOLS executive director.

“The Southern Oklahoma Library System provides access and programs for students of all ages.For preschool age children we offer early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with on-line tutoring resources including Brainfuse. There’s really something for all ages and it’s all free with a library card.”