Marley Dias, author, executive producer, and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, is joining the American Library Association and libraries nationwide in promoting the power of a library card this September.
As honorary chair, Dias wants to remind the public that signing up for a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities. “A library card provides opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to make change and experience new stories," said Dias.
Visit your library online or in-person 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.
How Does the Library Empower You? Tell Us for the Chance to Win!
There’s nothing more empowering than a library card. Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, libraries provide people of all ages the opportunity to pursue their dreams and passions.
And there's no one better to tell that story than library lovers like you. This Library Card Sign-up Month, we're asking everyone to help spread some library love by posting to social media about how the library empowers you for a chance to win. Here's how it works:
Post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LibrariesEmpower. Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Don't forget to tag your library! The creator of one randomly-selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift and an ALA Graphics The Child Poster. Additionally, three second-place winners will receive an ALA Graphics The Child Poster.
The #LibrariesEmpower promotion begins Wednesday, September 1, at noon CT and ends Wednesday, September 22, at noon CT. All librarians and library lovers are encouraged to participate. The 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)
Libraries Empower...us to connect with each other...me to learn new things...our communities to be healthy...me to create and explore. September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Illustration: A diverse group of people hold signs saying "How do libraries empower you?" and "Tell us for a chance to win!"
Help Spread the Word
Post these digital graphics on your website or social media accounts.
Instagram Share | Instagram Share in Spanish
Facebook Share | Facebook Share in Spanish
Facebook Cover | Facebook Cover in Spanish
Twitter Share | Twitter Share in Spanish
Twitter Header | Twitter Header in Spanish
Leaderboard 720 x 90px | Leaderboard 720 x 90px in Spanish
Boombox 300 x 250px | Boombox 300 x 250px in Spanish
Skyscraper 160 x 600px | Skyscraper 160 x 600px in Spanish
2160 x 804 px | 2160 x 804 px in Spanish
400 x 250 px | 400 x 250 px in Spanish
Share how the library empowers you on social media or use the sample social media posts:
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- Yay—September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth! Celebrate by getting your very own library card. Visit your library’s website for more information.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month! “A library card provides opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to make change and experience new stories.” Marley Dias, Honorary Chair, American Library Association, Library Champions, OverDrive
Septiembre es el Mes de inscripción para la tarjeta de la biblioteca. “La tarjeta de la biblioteca te da una oportunidad de descubrimiento y acceso a un mundo rico y diverso. Además, te empodera para hacer cambios y conocer nuevas historias.” Marley Dias, Presidenta Honorífica. American Library Association, Library Champions, OverDrive
ALA’s READ® poster featuring Dias is currently available for purchase at the ALA Store.
Tools to Celebrate
Ready-to-air audio public service announcements (PSAs) for radio stations, available with the American Library Association ID or customizable versions.
Library Card Sign-up Month Bingo
Customize the squares for your library's needs with this Canva template: http://bit.ly/ala-bingo-template
Yard and Window Signs
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.
About Marley Dias
Marley Dias is the witty and purpose-driven 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of “Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!“ #1000BlackGirlBooks is an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. Dias launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November of 2015 with the help of GrassROOTS Community Foundation. The goal was to collect 1,000 books by February 2016 and Dias has collected over 13,000 books to-date. Dias’ #1000BlackGirlBooks resources guide can found on the GrassROOTS Community Foundation website.
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.
We'd like to hear what your library has planned for Library Card Sign-up Month or answer your questions. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Card Sign-up Month is made possible with support from:
For 25 years OverDrive has been on a mission to provide access to compelling, easy-to-use digital materials that reach, engage, and satisfy readers. Since 2002 we have worked with ALA member libraries to invest how libraries lend eBooks and digital audiobooks. In the spirit of continuous improvement and best practices, together with ALA we are engaged in library advocacy with publishers and authors to provide fair lending models and costs. Visit Overdrive.com to learn more.
Sora, the student reading app, is the easiest way for schools to provide ebooks and audiobooks to students. Developed by OverDrive Education, this app supports school libraries and classroom reading as well as free access to the local public library using school credentials. Available for iOS, Android and Chromebook.
OverDrive's free Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. Libby is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, and some Chromebooks.
ALA Library Champions support ALA’s efforts in raising public awareness about the value of libraries and librarians.