Library Card Sign-up Month

Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister author and educator Cara Mentzel will serve as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month 2022.

As honorary chairs, Idina and Cara will remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is at the library. And during Library Card Sign-Up Month, they want you to explore all the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programming.


"It's a little card that goes a loud way. Let your imagination sing at the library." — Idina Menzel


“The library is where your imagination sings. Get your library card and 'check it out' today." — Cara Mentzel


This September, join Idina and Cara, the American Library Association, and libraries nationwide in singing the praises of a library card.

Also in September, the sisters’ debut picture book, Loud Mouse, about a little mouse named Dee who loves to sing very loudly, will be released by Disney Hyperion.

Posters featuring Dee (aka Loud Mouse) are available for purchase in the ALA Store. In the coming months, free Library Card Sign-up Month graphics will be made available along with media tools such as a press release template, proclamation, and sample social media posts.

ALA Poster featuring illustrations from the children's book, "Loud Mouse": Dee the mouse holds a library card and sings "Find your voice at the La, La, La, Library! In the background are other characters from the book (pig, horse, bear, fox)

 


Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit your library.

Visit your library 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 a library card? Invite them to sign up during September.

1. #GetLibraryCarded

It's the most powerful tool in your wallet - show it off! Share a photo of yourself with your library card for the chance to win $100!

Post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded. Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Be sure not to reveal any personal information on your library card and don't forget to tag your library! The creator of one randomly-selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift and a poster of choice from ALA Graphics. Three second-place winners will receive their poster of choice from ALA Graphics.

The #GetLibraryCarded promotion begins Thursday, September 1, at noon CT and ends Friday, September 23, at noon CT. All library lovers and librarians 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)

 


Help Spread the Word


Instagram share: September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Let your imagination sing at the library. Illustration of Dee the mouse signing while holding a library card.

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.

    18" x 24" Yard Sign Template: Library card holders live here (PDF)
    In this house, we support libraries 8.5" x 11" (PDF)

Yard sign reads: Library Card Holders LIve Here. Window sign in shape of a house reads: In this house, we support libraries.


About Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel

Cara Mentzel's debut memoir, Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story, about her relationship with her superstar sister, Idina Menzel, was a Good Reads Choice Award nominee in 2017. Cara spent over a decade as a classroom teacher and reading specialist, winning a Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Award. She has her master's degree in elementary education with an emphasis on children's literacy. Loud Mouse is her first picture book.

Idina Menzel is an actor, singer-songwriter, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and now writer. She was Tony-nominated for her Broadway performances in Rent and If/Then and won the prize for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked. Her voice can be heard as ‘Elsa’ in Disney’s Oscar® winning Frozen, and Frozen 2. She is the cofounder of A BroaderWay Foundation, whose mission is to amplify young women's voices through the arts. Loud Mouse is Idina's latest endeavor to build on the message of empowerment and finding our voices.

Photo credit: Emilio Madrid.


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:

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.

 

LibbyOverDrive'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.

 

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