September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
This September, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a new mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. A founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is known for strength, compassion and truth. Armed with the Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman makes a perfect ambassador to support the value of learning and the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education.
To celebrate, we have three great events going on this month: Food for Fines, free Library Card Replacements, Library Cards for Children.
Pay down your Library fines and help those in need! Summit County Library’s annual Food for Fines program returns September 1-18 at all 3 locations.
SCL is teaming up with the FIRC: Family and Intercultural Resource Center Food Bank to help fight hunger and feed hope with Food for Fines.
Throughout the first 3 weeks of September, the Library will remove overdue fines from an adult cardholder’s account with non-perishable food items donated. (Donations cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged materials.)
Items can be dropped off at any SCL location Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and include canned goods, personal care products, and other non-perishables. See the attached flyer for specific items requested.
Free Replacement Library Cards
We also want all patrons of all ages to get in the habit of bringing their library card. We recommend you treat it like a credit card to protect your account. During the month of September, we will be offering free library card replacements. If your card is falling apart, damaged or you just can’t find it, save yourself $2.50 and come get a new one for free.
(You will lose your old library card number and your ebook and eAudiobook holds and loans on Libby by getting a new card.)
Children's Library Cards:
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. Caregivers can now sign up children age 0-18 can for their own library card. Access an application here.
There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.