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News Flash: Mary Riley Styles Public Library

Posted on: September 5, 2018

September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Each September, the American Library Association celebrates Library Card Sign Up Month. Do you have a card yet?

Library Card Sign Up Month

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#LibraryCardSignUp #LibrariesTransform # MyLibraryIsIncredible #thelittlecitylibrary

Since 1987, the American Library Associations' Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back to school supplies available.   

How much money can you save?  Visit the American Library Association's Library Value Calculator to total your savings.

Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit your library.
Head to your library during September to see what's new and take part in the celebration. Libraries across the country are participating.  Do you have friends who don't have library cards? Invite them to the library.

2. Tell us why your library is incredible for a chance to win!
My Library is Incredible Because...[fill in the blank]. September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Libraries have and do amazing things—they give everyone a chance to explore their passions and become their best selves through media, resources, lifelong learning, and more. In honor of our 2018 Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs, the Incredibles, we want to know: what makes your library incredible?

Share your answer using text, photos, or a short video on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MyLibraryIsIncredible. Entries can also be posted directly to the I Love Libraries Facebook page. One randomly selected winner will receive a VISA gift card worth $100.00 USD. 

Promotion begins Saturday, September 1 at noon CT and ends Friday, September 21 at noon CT. Librarians and members of the public are all encouraged to participate. Join the celebration and tell the world your #MyLibraryIsIncredible story!

3. Help spread the word.
Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook and Twitter and the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp to join the celebration on social media.
Sample tweets:
•It’s #LibraryCardSignUp Month! Celebrate by visiting your #library this September to get your very own library card.
•To get the school year off to the best possible start, sign up for a #library card today! #LibraryCardSignUp Month #LibrariesTransform
•What’s the most important school supply that doesn’t cost a penny? A #library card! Get one this September. #LibraryCardSignUp Month
•Find your super powers at the library by signing up for a #library card! #LibraryCardSignUp Month
•If you love the Incredibles be sure to visit your #library for movies, comics and much more. #LibraryCardSignUp Month
•Check out something incredible at your #library! Happy #LibraryCardSignUp Month!
•Do something incredible – get your #library card today! #LibraryCardSignUp Month #LibrariesTransform

Link to I Love Libraries (


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