September is Library Card Sign-up Month and a Great Time to Visit Your Local Library

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The local library can have a huge impact on the life of a child. It is a place for them to explore new worlds and learn new things.

What is Library Card Sign-up Month?

Library Card Sign-up Month is a national campaign that started in 1987. Then Secretary of Education, William Bennett called for a campaign in which every child should have a library card and use it. The American Library Association took action to rise to Bennett’s challenge.

Why Do Library Cards Matter?

Libraries provide tons of free resources to the public including books, DVDs, downloads and software while providing a comfortable space to relax and enjoy free wifi.

“Libraries are nonprofit organizations, so when it comes to measuring success, they can’t point to profit margins or sales as evidence. What libraries can point to are numbers: the number of people who walk through the doors, the number of items checked out, and the number of people who sign up for a library card.” These are numbers that the library can use to secure future funding. Every card issued makes a difference.

What do Libraries Offer Beyond Books?

Chances are that your local library offers tons of free programming, classes, and opportunities to connect with your community. For example, all across the United States, Operation Warm is teaming up with public libraries to give a brand new coat and new books to each child who participates in our Warm Welcome to the Library Program. This engaging initiative provides an opportunity to introduce kids and families living in need to all that their library branch offers beyond books.

September is a great time to visit your local library for the first time or get reconnected.

Interested in highlighting the amazing work of your local library AND providing brand new coats for kids in your community? We would love for you to join us as an Operation Warm Community Partner!

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