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Library Cards Empower Students and Fuel Academic Success

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Galesburg 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. All Galesburg students are eligible for a library card—public, private, and

college students.

Libraries offer everything from early literacy programs to delivery services to assisted living

facilities. The Galesburg Public Library offers book clubs for all ages, an adult coloring club, a

movie club, and several other opportunities to join a group (sometimes over food!). You can

also access an array of digital resources, such as Ancestry for genealogy research, Creativebug

for arts and crafts classes, Lingo Lite for language learning, AtoZ Food America for a database of

recipes, and many more.

Galesburg Public Library, 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, please visit

Signing up for a library cards gets you a ticket to win a prize at the end of the month, or, if you

already have a card, you can stop in at the library and show your card at the Check-Out Desk to

enter to win.

This year, Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, author and executive producer, is taking on a new role as honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month. In her new role, Dias will

promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.

During September, the Galesburg Public Library will host Library Card Sign-up activities: you can

find us at First Friday on September 3 in front of the Carriage House, at Burke Cleaners on

September 12 from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and the Farmer’s Market on September 25.

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 work together in a national effort to

ensure everyone signs up for their own library card.

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