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SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGN UP MONTH
The month of September is library card sign-up month and the Chula Vista Public Library is encouraging all ages to get your free library card today! Visit the Civic Center Branch at 365 F Street, South Branch at 389 Orange Avenue, or the Otay Ranch Branch at the Otay Ranch Town Center near the food court.
Recently, Chula Vista Elementary School students received their first REAL library card. Inscribed with the words “Read, Explore, Achieve @ your Library,” the colorful REAL cards were sent from the Chula Vista Public Library to the homes of 8,000 kindergartners and first graders in their back-to-school packets. The three branches of the Chula Vista Library will each host a party for these children and their families to celebrate the occasion and to encourage parents to activate their child’s card. Refreshments will be served at the free events, and the names of all activated cardholders will be entered into a drawing for a new child’s bicycle. Party dates are as follows: Otay Ranch Branch, Tuesday, September 12, at 5 p.m.; Civic Center Branch, Wednesday, September 13, at 5 p.m.; and South Chula Vista Branch, Thursday, September 14, at 5 p.m.
Another reason to get your Chula Vista Public Library card is the benefit of free services including the latest massive book collection. Enki. an eBook platform created by libraries for libraries, provides Chula Vista library card holders with free access to more than 65,000 books. Named after the Sumerian God of mischief, intelligence and creativity, the platform was founded by Califa, a non-profit library cooperative, and the Contra Costa County Library, to upend the public eBook environment and create an exciting and unique place for literary discovery.
Any library card holder can now log onto http://cvpl.enkilibrary.org to browse its collection and access books that are only available on the platform. In addition to thousands of popular eBooks ranging from the modern nonfiction hit, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, to the classic novel, 1984, Enki hosts works by independent writers who are gaining popularity and unpublished works from bestselling authors.
Behind the scenes, Enki is transforming the eBook industry one library system at a time. Other eBook platforms are owned and operated by corporations that require libraries to invest thousands of dollars into software and then charge high rates to lease books. Enki cuts out the distributor by providing a free, open-source eBook platform that comes with discount access to a statewide collection of eBooks. Individual libraries can then purchase their own copies of eBooks directly from publishers, allowing libraries, authors and publishers alike to save money in the transaction. Enki currently offers access to eBooks in PDF and EPUB formats from nearly 60 publishers. Funding for Enki Library is through a Bay Area Library Information Systems (BALIS) Innovation Grant, Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) monies from the California State Library, and the State Library of Kansas and Califa.
The Chula Vista Library branches are open seven days a week. Library cards are free of charge, as are library services. Information about the library, including its catalog, calendar of events and online services can be found on its website: www.chulavistalibrary.com.