Library Card Sign-Up Month
A library card provides endless opportunities
to transform the school year
**Stop in any branch and bring a photo ID to get your card today!**
As students prepare to head back to school, there is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny – it’s a library card (and it's FREE!).
This September, Door County Library is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, comfortable study spaces, or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies.
Resources at the eight branches of the Door County Library are available to anyone with a library card. Free wi-fi and computers, entertaining story times, downloadable apps giving access to books, movies, music and more along with books to help anchor any school project. Plus, a library card gives you access to the great new maker space at the Egg Harbor Library complete with a 3-D printer, cricut cutter and easy-to-make projects where you can experiment with technology or expand your resources by creating a custom project for the classroom or a unique visual aid for an upcoming presentation.
“Throughout the school year, our library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning,” said Morgan Mann. “Story Times expose young children to the joy of reading and encourage school readiness, while older children have access to technology and digital tools such as computers, scanners, full-size telescopes, and 3-D printers, to name just a few, along with help from library staff to use those resources.”
This year, Disney’s the Incredibles are Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries and librarians transform lives and communities through education. During September, Door County Library will host several activities, including Library Sign-up give-aways, Chalk the Bay hands-on fun on September 15 as part of Harvest Fest in Sturgeon Bay, and Pirate Day themes during the week of Sept 16-22nd throughout the branches.
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.
For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit one of the eight branches.