A Library Card is ELEMENTAL!

Get in Your Element this September—sign up for a library card! From borrowing books, ebooks, and museum passes to getting homework help, learning new skills, or attending story time, a library card helps you do more of what you enjoy. Get a library card and dive into a new hobby. Use your library card to tinker in a maker space and spark your creativity. A library card is your most important school supply—it's elemental, really—and everyone should have one!

Celebrate and Spread the Word

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.

Smiling characters Ember and Wade from Disney Pixar Elemental ride a scooter. Wade holds an Element City library card.

Tools to Celebrate

Sample Proclamation (Word doc)

Sample Press Release (Word doc)

8.5" x 11" Mini-poster (PDF)

8.5 x11" Mini-poster with space to customize (PDF)

11" x 17" Mini-poster with space to customize (PDF)

Coloring Pages

Ember and Wade on Scooter (PDF)

Wade with Element City Library (PDF)

Ember: Fire Up Your Imagination (PDF)

Tools and digital graphics in Spanish coming soon.

Ready-to-air evergreen audio public service announcements (PSAs) for radio stations, available with the American Library Association ID or customizable versions.

Three free mini posters featurung Elemnetal characters Ember and Wade with text A Library Card is Elemental. Get yours today! Two mini-posters have room for local customization.

Three coloring pages featuring Elemental characters Ember and Wade holding Element City library card and picturing Element City library.

Digital Graphics

Post these Library Card Sign-up Month graphics on your website or social media accounts.

A Library Card is Elemental

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Fire up your imagination

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Facebook Share: A Library Card i Elemental. Get Yours Today. September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Elemental characters Ember and Wade ride a scooter through Element City. Wade holds up an Element City library card.

Facebook Share: Fire Up your imagination with a library card. Get yours today! September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Elemental character Ember is pictured.

Facebook Share: Dive into a new hobby with a library card. Get yours today! September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Elemental character Wade is pictured leaping into the air with a raised fist.

Full size poster and bookmarks are available at the ALA Store.

Poster: Characters from Disney's Elemental animated movie ( Ember and Wade) happily frolicking in a bed of tulips near a river, with romantic bridge in background. A library card from Element City in the foreground. Text: Sign up for 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.

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

Movie poster for Disney Pixar ElementalThank you to Disney and Pixar for allowing Elemental characters Ember and Wade to help spread the word about the value of a library card during Library Card Sign-up Month 2023.

Disney and Pixar’s Elemental, in theaters now, is an all-new, original feature film set in Element City, where fire-, water-, land- and air residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. Elemental is directed by Peter Sohn, produced by Denise Ream and features the voices of Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie.

Check out Elemental books available from Disney Publishing.

Overdrive 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. Visit to learn more.

Sora-Mascot-WordmarkSora, 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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