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September is Library Card Sign-up Month

8/30/2018

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.  It is a time when libraries nationwide remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. The West Virginia Library Commission is joining with libraries across the state, as well as the American Library Association, to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.
This September Disney Pixar's superhero family, the Incredibles, is teaming up with libraries to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, the Incredibles will remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle: libraries offer fun and informative resources to help you pursue your passions and succeed in school. 
A public library card is a ticket to free educational resources and activities such as homework help, digital workshops for all-ages, math (STEAM) programs/activities, book clubs, family story times, and game nights.  A library card also provides access to a variety of digital media, including e-resources in all 171 West Virginia public libraries.   
Libraries are vital community spaces that benefit the young and old alike. But for students, they are indispensable. Whether accessing digital tools or utilizing high-speed internet, students use the library to grow essential digital literacy skills. These resources are available to anyone with a library card from a West Virginia public library. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs, and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. 
“Mountain State libraries have something for everyone, and it all starts with a free library card,” says WVLC Executive Secretary Karen Goff. “We encourage everyone to explore their local library, discover what it has to offer, and create their future in West Virginia libraries.”
Public libraries in the state have more than 946,000 registered borrowers.  With programs such as Library Card Sign-up Month, the number of registered borrowers has increased by 7% since 2012.
For more information about how to sign up for a library card, West Virginia residents can drop by any of the state’s 171 local libraries in person or visit the WVLC online at www.librarycommission.wv.gov for more information.

Contact Information

stan.b.howell@wv.gov