A library card provides endless opportunities to transform the school year!

As students prepare to head back to school, there is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny – it’s a library card.

This September, Kewanna Union Township Public Library is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at the Kewanna Union Township Public Library are available to anyone with a library card.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

“Throughout the school year, our library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning,” said Linda Ruhl, Programming Librarian. “Story hours expose young children to the joy of reading and encourage school readiness, and for older children, and teens, we supplement education with multidisciplinary programs.  For nontraditional students, we have GED resources. We also have a wide variety of educational and entertaining programs for adults as well. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

This year, Disney’s the Incredibles are Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries and librarians transform lives and communities through education.

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 unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.