September is Library Card Sign-up Month


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! "A library card provides opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to make change and experience new stories."

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Memphis Public Libraries joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.

Libraries offer everything from early literacy programs to virtual homework help and GED classes, helping transform lives and communities through education. At Memphis Public Libraries, you’ll find a wide variety of educational resources and activities, including youth STEAM and literacy programming, job and career services, and more.

Memphis Public Libraries, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit our Start Here page.

This year, Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, author and executive producer, is taking on a new role as honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month. In her new role, Dias will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries work together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.



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memphis black history library cards

Check out our new Memphis Black History Library Cards. You can request one of these when you sign up for a library card or renew your card. Replacement cards are free! Learn more about our Memphis Black History Library Card Design Contest winners here!


ALA #LibrariesEmpower SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST

Participate in the American Library Association’s Social Media contest for a chance to win money and “The Child Read Poster”. From ALA’s website:

“This Library Card Sign-up Month, we’re asking everyone to help spread some library love by posting to social media about how the library empowers you for a chance to win. Here’s how it works:
   
Post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LibrariesEmpower. Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag your library! The creator of one randomly-selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift and an ALA Graphics The Child Poster. Additionally, three second-place winners will receive an ALA Graphics The Child Poster.”