For immediate release | September 13, 2011

Card your library users this September is looking for photos of library fans showing off their “smartest card”

CHICAGO – Whether you’re getting your first library card or just renewing your account, there is something exciting about a new library card. During the month of September, capture that excitement by asking library users to show off the most valuable card in their wallets – their library card.

In celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month, held each September, the website is looking for photos of library users with the “smartest card” – a library card.

Upload photos from your library to your Flickr account, join the “Show Us Your Library Card” group and add your photos to the group pool. Photos will be shown on the home page throughout the month of September. Librarians can also send photos to

Libraries looking for materials to help promote Library Card Sign-up Month locally can download a print PSA featuring Baseball Hall of Famer and Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair Cal Ripken, Jr. ALA will customize the print PSA at no charge with a library’s logo. For more information and to download PSAs, visit

Other promotional materials, including logos in English and Spanish, a sample press release, letter to the editor, proclamation and audio PSAs are also available on the ALA website.

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when public and school libraries across the country join together to remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Library Card Sign-up Month is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.


Megan McFarlane