Free library cards available for Manchester students


MANCHESTER CENTER >> Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. The Board of Trustees of Manchester Community Library believes that the most important school supply of all is a library card. That's why MCL board members recently voted to implement a new policy that offers a free membership to all students attending school in Manchester, regardless of their town of residence.

The policy applies to all students in grades Pre-K through 12.

Due to a consortium arrangement, all students at MEMS and BBA have been eligible for free library cards to MCL for the past several years. Now every child who attends The Downtown School, Manchester Village School, Maple Street School, and Pre-K students at Northshire Day School can also enjoy free access to the rich array of resources available at Manchester's public library.

Today's public libraries aren't only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate or just relax with peers. An MCL Library card offers free access to a variety of print and digital resources, including free e-books, audiobooks, and online databases, which can be used in person or online.

"Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages," says Linda McKeever, MCL board president. "For preschool age children we offer early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs and innovative makerspaces, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare them for higher education. There's really something for everyone and it's all free with a library card."

For more information on how to sign your child up for a free library card, visit Manchester Community Library in person, visit the Library online at or call 802-362-2607.


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