September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the Abilene Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.
There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources, and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.
Libraries offer everything from early literacy programs to virtual homework help, helping transform lives and communities through education. At your Abilene Public Library, you’ll find a wide variety of educational resources and activities.
“Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children,” said Julee Hatton, Library Director. “We have library programs that serve students of all ages and backgrounds such as STEAM Club sessions, LEGO Clubs, craft activities, coding and technology program opportunities, and more.”
We, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, visit us online at www.abilenetx.gov/apl.
This year, Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, author and executive producer, is taking on a new role as honorary chair of this national initiative for 2021. In her new role, Dias will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card. One way your library does its part to help is by registering students in the Abilene Independent School District with library cards simply for registering for school. It’s a great partnership with the local school system to ensure we reach all local students at once.
Since 1987, National Library Card Sign-Up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During this month, the ALA and libraries can work together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.
Be sure to visit your local library and register for your own library card, regardless of your age. It will open your world to a host of new services, most accessible at no charge including computer & Internet access, checking out library materials, access to eBooks and other digital/streaming content, ability to checkout mobile hotspots and laptops, and more. Take advantage of what your library has to offer this September!