September is Library Card Sign-up Month

DC’s Wonder Woman to lasso up Library Card Sign-up Month 2020

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.

Wonder Woman posters, stickers and bookmarks are currently available for purchase through the ALA Store. Tools for libraries to participate are available on the Libraries Transform website. Registration is required, but the tools are free! Sign up to receive print PSAs, digital graphics, artwork for library cards, PSA scripts, a sample press release, proclamation, and more.

Fans can learn more about Wonder Woman at DCcomics.com. Since her introduction in October 1941 in All-Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman has graced comics, video games, headlined her own television show and feature films, and appears in the hit animated series “DC Super Hero Girls” on Cartoon Network and Netflix.

Facebook share: Libraries are wonderful! Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with Wonder Woman! (pictured: Wonder Woman reading a book)
Library card artwork featuring Wonder Woman

Attention librarians!

Join the Libraries Transform initiative to access print PSAs, digital graphics, artwork for library cards, PSA scripts, a sample press release, proclamation, and more for Library Card Sign-up Month 2020.

Registration is required, but the tools are free!.

SIGN UP NOW


Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit your library online.

Visit your library online 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 sign up during September.

2. Show us your library superhero pose for a chance to win $100.

Having a library card makes you feel like a superhero with all the amazing things it gives you access to, including technology, media resources and educational programs. This Library Card Sign-up Month, show us your best superhero pose for a chance to win $100. Help spread the word by striking a library superhero stance and posting it to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #LibraryCardHero. You’ll be automatically entered to win a $100 Visa gift card. Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Don't forget to cover up any personally identifiable information on your library card, and please tag your library!

The promotion begins Tuesday, September 1, at noon CT and ends Tuesday, September 22, at noon CT. All librarians and library lovers are encouraged to participate.

The #LibraryCardHero promotion is open to residents of the United States, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories. Employees of the American Library Association are not eligible to participate.

Official Rules (PDF)

Cat with superhero cape and mask holding a library card. What's your library superhero pose? Share for a chance to win! #Library Card Hero , Library Card Sign-up Month

3. Help spread the word.

Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook and Twitter and the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUpMonth to join the celebration on social media.

Sample social media posts:

  • Yay—September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth! Celebrate by getting your very own library card. Visit your library’s website for more information.
  • Make sure your kids have the most important school supply of all—a library card! Get one this September and kick off the school year right. #LibraryCardSignupMonth
  • Do you have a library card? September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth so get one today! Check out your library’s website to learn how you can access movies, eBook’s, video games and much more.
  • There is nothing more empowering than getting your own library card. It gives you access to technology, resources, and services to pursue your passions and dreams. #LibraryCardSignupMonth
  • Sign up for a library card and find something wonderful at your library! From virtual Storytime to audibooks to DIY classes, there is something for everyone. Happy #LibraryCardSignupMonth!

4. Play Library Card Sign-up Month Bingo with us!

We created a special library-themed bingo card for Library Card Sign-up Month this September. Mark off all activities you do throughout the month and once you get bingo, tag us (@ALAlibrary on Twitter, @americanlibraryassociation on Instagram) and share your board online using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUpMonth.

Library Card Sign-up Month Printable Bingo Card (PDF)

Library Card Sign-up Month Printable Bingo Card with Instructions (PDF)

Library Card Sign-up Month Bingo Graphic for Instagram

4. Display a window or yard sign to show your library love.

During political campaigns, yard signs abound. They're a great way for citizens to proclaim their support for a candidate or issue. Why not display a window or yard sign that proclaims your support for libraries. Use our templates or get creative and make your own.

18" x 24" Yard Sign Template: Library card holders live here (PDF)

In this house, we support libraries 8.5" x 11" (PDF)

In this house, we love and appreciate libraries 8.5" x 11" (PDF)

Window sign: In this house, we support libraries.


Wonder Woman posters, stickers and bookmarks are currently available for purchase through the ALA Store.

Poster, bookmark and sticker: Lasso a library card and find your superpower! (Wonder Woman lassoing a library card)


Library Card Sign-up Month History

The campaign started in 1987 as a response to then Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated, “Let’s have a campaign … Every child should obtain a library card and use it.” Read a detailed account in this 2015 blog post at the American Library Association Archives, A Library Card for Every Child: Library Card Sign-Up Month, by Cara Bertram.


Contact Us:

We'd like to hear what your library has planned for Library Card Sign-up Month or answer your questions. Contact us at campaign.ala.org.


Library Card Sign-up Month is made possible with support from:

DC (Comics) logoThank you to DC Comics for offering Wonder Woman as 2020 Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair!

 

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