The Anderson Public Library will be celebrating the 30th Annual National Library Card Sign-up Month in September with lots of prizes and giveaways to help encourage library use now that school is back in session.
According to the American Library Association, National Library Card Sign-up Month was started back in 1987 and was held in September to kick off the school year nationwide. “Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning,” the ALA mentioned.
It is also a way to let parents know that using a library can save hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services. Through access to books, digital resources, and programs, students can be well prepared this school year without costing parents anything extra.
According to Anderson Public Library’s assistant director, Alison Morgan, the library and staff will be decked out in a super hero theme for this year’s library card sign-up month. Based on DC Comic’s Teen Titans, the staff will be wearing shirts throughout the month to promote sign-up.
The library will also be giving away prizes for anyone at any age who signs up for a library card during the month of September as well as giving away free posters. New cardholders will also get a chance to have their picture taken in a large library card frame.
In addition, Alison explained that the library will have a booth at the Anderson County Burgoo Festival from September 22-24. They will be giving out library cards which can then be brought back to the library to receive a prize.