A public library card is a ticket to free educational resources and activities such as homework help, digital workshops for all-ages, STEAM programs/activities, book clubs, family storytimes and game nights.
A library card also provides access to a variety of digital media, including ebooks. Recent figures show more than 93 percent of public libraries offer ebooks and other digital content. According to OverDrive, more than 200 million checkouts of digital content at libraries is expected throughout 2016.
If you haven’t been to your local library lately, September is a great time for a visit.
This year, DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
The Teen Titans are a young group of crimefighters who keep the world safe from the clutches of evil. From Starfire’s green energy beams and power of flight to Raven’s telekinetic and psychokinetic abilities, the Teen Titans have the power, courage and teamwork to rise to any challenges thrown their way.
Ways to Celebrate
1. Visit your library.
Head to your library during September to see what's new and take part in the celebration. Libraries across the country are participating.
2. Show your support for libraries on social media.
The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: "Let's have a national campaign...every child should obtain a library card - and use it." Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that.
Library cards are generally free to those living in the library's service area. In most cases, borrowing privileges are granted on the spot. Some libraries may require some form of identification, proof of residency or the signature of a guardian.