September is Library Card Sign-up Month – a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.
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.
Non -city residents are charged a $40.00 annual membership fee per household. Lost cards are replaced for $1.00. You must present your library card every time you check out. In most cases, borrowing privileges are granted on the spot. To apply for a card provide some form of identification, proof of residency and for those under 18 a waiver must be signed by their legal parent or legal guardian.