Library cards yield lifelong rewards

This September, Shawano County 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, homework help or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at the the library are available to anyone with a library card.

“Throughout the school year, our library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning,” said Kristie Hauer, library director. “Story hours expose young children to the joy of reading and encourage school readiness, while older children have access to technology and digital tools and help from library staff to use those resources.”

In addition, the library will be offering free replacements cards during September. A library passport will be available at any library for patrons to pick up and complete individually or within their family. Returning a completed passport enters patrons into prize drawings.

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.

For more information or to sign up for a library card, contact the library at shawanolibrary.org or 715-526-3829.