Happy Library Card Sign-Up month!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Oconomowoc Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that everyone has the most import card of all – a free library card!

Get a library card by presenting a photo ID and proof of address at the library and then celebrate by showing your library card at participating businesses throughout the month and receive a discount or incentive. 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of this annual celebration of the library  card. According to the American Library Association’s website, “Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.” Library cards are a crucial lifelong learning tool for adults, too. So if you know somebody who doesn’t know about the tools and resources that are theirs for free with a library card, why not celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month by inviting them to stop by their local library and sign up today!

Did you know?

  • Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more than three times as frequently as they go to the movies.
  • There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S.—a total of 17,566 including branches. Nearly 100% of public libraries provide Wi-Fi and have no-fee access to computers.
  • In 2013, there were 1.5 billion in-person visits to public libraries across the U.S., the equivalent of more than 4 million visits each day. That’s 2,854 per minute. Americans check out an average of eight books a year.
  • There were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, more than all Major League Baseball and NBA games combined.

– ALA Facts & Figures

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