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 thoroughly-detailed account in the August 24, 2015 blog post at the American Library Association Archives, A Library Card for Every Child: Library Card Sign-Up Month, by Cara Bertram.

Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairpersons

2020 DC's Wonder Woman

2019 Disney Pixar's Toy Story characters


2017 DC Comics' Teen Titans
2016Snoopy, the world-famous beagle featured in the Peanuts comic strip
2015 Snoopy, the world-famous beagle featured in the Peanuts comic strip
2014 Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four
2013 NBA two-time All-Star Luol Deng
2012 NFL two-time Super Bowl winner Troy Polamalu
2011 Baseball Hall of Famer and author Cal Ripken
2010 NBA Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Dwyane Wade
2009 WNBA Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Candace Parker
2008 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA's all-time leading scorer and author

(Prior to Honorary Chair designation) Library Card Sign-up Month Spokespersons

2007 Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the 2006 Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers
2006 George Lopez, actor-comedian and author