Did you know that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month? Signing up for a library card is a step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.
Here at PDE, we know that one of the easiest ways to encourage young learners to pick up a book is by visiting their local library, where they can be surrounded by the stories and adventures that will ignite their imagination.
Library Card Sign-Up Month has been held every September since 1987 to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Associations and libraries across the United States unite to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. A library card gives students of all ages free access to STEAM programs/activities, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops, educational apps, and more.
Libraries exist to share physical, electronic, and virtual resources and services and provide guidance by caring professionals in a world of information that's increasingly challenging to navigate. They provide the best return on tax dollars in so many ways – supporting all learners in their journeys to grow, achieve their goals and live successful lives.
You can find a public library service location near you using the Office of Commonwealth Libraries' library directory or Find a PA Library. Many libraries offer the ability to get a library card online, or you can visit the location in person to sign up.
If you don't have a library card, get one today, because libraries belong to everyone–and everyone belongs in libraries!