Library Card Sign Up Month

A Library Card Opens A World of Possibilities

September is Library Card Sign-up Month—do you have yours yet? If not, you’re missing out! Some people still envision libraries as dusty rooms full of books and grumpy bespectacled librarians, but that couldn’t be further from reality! Libraries are vibrant community hubs with many exciting (and free) ways to make your life easier. 

“The Library is like a living being. It’s constantly growing and evolving to reach the community. Everyone who visits has their own unique needs. Some need help job hunting, others want to do research, hang out and connect to the internet,” said Mary Ellen Icaza, CEO/Executive Director of Stark Library. “The Pandemic hasn’t changed that; we have just had to think outside the box to continue helping them.”

Over the past few months, we’ve seen libraries dream up pretty creative to serve their community. From hosting virtual events and story times to helping new home learners find their feet, people are rediscovering their library and learning it has a lot to offer.

A Library card could be the most valuable (and cheapest) investment you’ll ever make. Here are four unexpected ways a card will benefit you:  

Make the Most of Your Investments

A library card is great if you like to save money or try before you buy! You can test equipment— like a projector, car sensor code reader, radon detector, and other devices— with the Library of Things, research your next big purchase with Consumer Reports, or learn how to invest with Morningstar. It can even save you money! Just borrowing 30 books can save you $500 a year! 

Become a Lifelong Learner

We want to help you become the best version of “you.” We offer educational opportunities from birth to 117, and everything in between. Get ready for school with Kindergarten readiness programs like SPARK, improve your math scores with homework help, develop your business and software skills with Lynda.com, or keep up with on the latest tech with expert one-on-one help. You can even learn a new language, discover nature, learn to research, and more with various databases on just about any subject you can imagine. 

Stay Connected While You Stay In

Your library card brings the community to you! Virtually visit zoos, museums, and cultures around the world, connect with authors, join a book club, tune in to a story time, and get real-time reading recommendations from the comfort of your home.  

Nail Your Next Big Project 

The library is a DIY-ers dream! Learn to sew with Dee’s easy-to-follow tutorials, keep the kids entertained with CreativeBug crafts, and explore Hobby databases! You can even diagnose and repair car issues with your library card. Don’t forget about the home improvement magazines, tutorials, and more.

Of course, you can always get books, movies, music, and video games. It’s easy to sign up! Just visit any branch or get an eCard and start browsing our online collection instantly.