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The city council and education officials hope a new measure will get more kids to visit the library.
REPORTER: Queens Councilman James Van Bramer says he was motivated to draft a bill when he learned the majority of city kids don't have library cards.
VAN BRAMER: We have approximately a half-million children in the City of New York who are eligible for a library card who could very easily have a library card but who don't.
REPORTER: The bill requires the Department of Education to provide the library card application in the orientation materials for every kindergartner, sixth grader, ninth grader and any new students enrolling in the City's schools. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign the measure.