If you are following the news regarding the “Do Not Use” order for Lake Jackson residents related to the discovery of the Naegleria fowleri in that city’s drinking water system, it’s understandable to have questions about the safety of our local drinking water. Below are some facts about this specific amoeba, as well as what the cities of Bryan and College Station are doing to ensure the safety of your water supply.
Bryan residents have one of the best resources for learning and entertainment right at their fingertips – the Bryan + College Station Public Library System! From knowledgeable staff to welcoming spaces and free resources, everyone in the community is encouraged to take advantage of everything that the BCS Public Library System offers.
The best way to do that is to sign up for a free library card. September is the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-Up Month, so now is the perfect time to get your own library card. Here’s five reasons why:
- Save money on the latest books and magazines: The BCS Public Library system obtains copies of new books, best sellers and new works by popular authors, and with a library card, you can check out for free without having to purchase them.
- Find books and other materials that aren’t still in bookstores: Looking for an older book, or something a bit more obscure? The BCS Library System has a variety of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, references and other types of books available. And, if they don’t have it on the shelves, you may be able to still get a copy through the Interlibrary Loan Program.
- Enjoy the convenience of checking out ebooks, eaudio and emagazines: If reading or listening electronically is more your speed (or if you prefer to stay at home), your library card gets you access to thousands of electronic books and magazines. All you need to do is use your library card number to set up an account, and you’ll have instant access.
- Free access to databases to do research: Your library card also gives you the ability to search through databases for things like historical newspapers, ancestry, legal forms and jobs.
- Watch free movies and documentaries: Choose from AcornTV, IndieFlix, music videos, educational videos, Spanish language videos and more.
BONUS: You and your family can participate in any of the library’s free programs, like story time, crafts and book clubs. Many of the library system’s programs are currently being held online to ensure everyone’s safety, but they’re still a great opportunity to get to know others in the community while participating in fun activities!
How to get your own library card
Getting a library card is easy (and FREE)!
- In person: Come to Clara B. Mounce Public Library or Larry J. Ringer Public Library any time during business hours. Remember to bring proof of residency, such as a photo ID or utility bill with your address on it.
- Virtually: Residents who cannot make it in to a library to obtain a library card can apply for a virtual eCard to access all of the library system’s online resources. Virtual eCards are valid for up to 3 months.