The Campaign for America's Libraries encourages children to sign up for a library card

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

July 2001

The Campaign for America's Libraries encourages children to sign-up for a library card

Find out what's new @ your library™ - get a library card. The Campaign for America's Libraries celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month with new and updated items on the
Library Card Sign-Up Month Web site including:

  • How to Use the @ your library™ Card - Create a giant media photo opportunity, give big thanks to a library supporter or super-size your Library Card Sign-Up events using the oversized @ your library™ card.
  • Public Service Announcements - Let your community know that it's Library Card Sign-Up Month @ your library.
  • How to Host an Amazing Arthur and D.W. Library Card Sign-Up Event @ your library - Lots of great ideas and materials that will help you create a fun-filled event featuring easy arts-and-crafts activities, a story hour and great giveaways.
  • Clip Art & Fun Stuff - Fun activities, art projects, bookmarks and Arthur logos.

Celebrated throughout the month of September, National Library Card Sign-Up Month encourages people to check out what's new @ your library, by signing up for a library card. Libraries today offer more than just books, they have videos, CDs, computers, Internet access and more. Libraries also are dynamic community centers; many have coffee shops, homework centers, book discussion exhibits, musical performances, story hours and other programs for children and adults.

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-Up Month is a time when the ALA and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.