The Park Ridge Library is celebrating National Library Card Sign-up Month in September with a month-long campaign and prize drawing. Everyone from sixth grade and up who signs up for a card will be entered to win a Bose Bluetooth speaker when they come in and pick up their card. Any patron grade six and older who refers the new cardholder can get entered to win a second Bose speaker.
Everyone in grades 6 and older who signs up will get a welcome kit and the entry ticket when they pick up their card in person.
Children from birth to fifth grade will get a drawstring bag and other giveaways, plus they can have their parent or caregiver take their photo with an oversized library card throughout September to commemorate their first card.
“A library card is one of the most important school supplies a student can have, and one of the most valuable cards in an adult’s wallet,” said Library Director Joanna Bertucci. “A library card can mean tremendous savings in not only money but time when you need accurate answers and information. It can also mean access to learning opportunities and connections to the community through our programs for patrons from birth to adulthood.”
Library cards are issued to all Park Ridge residents free of charge. To obtain a library card, residents should bring proof of residency with their current home address (driver's license, state ID card, checkbook, utility bill or lease) to the Patron Services Desk in the Library’s first-floor lobby. Cards are valid for three years. Every card also comes with a keychain-sized card, and cardholders with a smartphone can download the Keyring app to check out books directly from their phone. Residents can also sign up for a card online.
About Library Card Sign-up Month
Libraries play a crucial role in the education and development of children, offering a variety of programs to spark creativity and stimulate an interest in reading and learning. 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, explore new passions and interests, and find their voice. At the Park Ridge Library, patrons of all ages can find a variety of educational resources and activities, including Storytimes, book discussions for all ages, craft classes in our makerspace, author talks and more. The Park Ridge Library, along with libraries everywhere, continues to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving community needs.