This September, stop by your local library as libraries nationwide celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month! 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.
Why should I get a library card?
Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at any of our 23 locations are available to anyone with a library card.
One free card will save you money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.
- Check out books, DVD's, audiobooks, large print volumes, video games, CD's, and other materials from the county-wide catalog.
- Download eMedia whenever and wherever you want through hoopla and Overdrive.
- Reserve passes to visit local organizations including Berks County Genealogical Society, Berks History Center, Reading Public Museum, Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, and Elmwood Park Zoo.
- Search through your family's history for FREE when using Ancestry.com: Library Edition. Accessible at any library location.
- Take PA DOT practice driving tests. Great for new drivers or just a refresher.
- Learn a new language through Transparent Languages.
- Continue your education with Universal Class with over 500 courses available.
- Access online e-resources from the Commonwealth Libraries through POWER Library. Kids can also access articles, books, photos, maps, and other helpful resources through the POWER Kids portal.
There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S.—a total of 17,566 including branches. Nearly 100% of public libraries provide Wi-Fi and have no-fee access to computers.
Libraries offer educational experiences.
In addition to the vast number of materials and resources available to patrons, libraries actively offer programming and learning opportunities in a variety of subjects for all age ranges. Attend any program that interests you, even those hosted at other libraries. You're sure to learn something new and have fun doing it. The events calendar will show you upcoming programs based on interest, location, or date. Programs held in 2018 include:
- Community Threads—a community fiber arts creation
Kutztown Community Library
- Beekeeping Presentation—learn how honey is made from a local beekeeper
Robesonia Community Library
- The Lost Art of Letter Writing—the importance of handwritten notes and cards in our hi-tech society
Exeter Community Library
- Girls Who Code—explore coding in a fun and friendly environment
Schuylkill Valley Community Library
- Computer Classes—various topics covering Internet searching, Word, Excel, and others
Reading Public Library
- StoryRider STEAM Storytime—combining educational STEAM topics with stories, fun, and learning
- Dino Dig—learn about creatures that roamed millions of years ago, and dig up a few bones yourself
Hamburg Public Library
Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more than three times as frequently as they go to the movies.