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Posted on: September 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! This year the American Library Association is teaming up with Marley Dias, executive producer and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, in promoting the power of a library card. Celebrate by getting your very own library card and encouraging your friends and family to discover the benefits of a 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. We offer everything from early literacy programs to virtual homework help and continuing education prep, helping transform lives and communities through education. At the Cozby Library and Community Commons, you’ll find a wide variety of educational resources and activities, including storytimes, the Meet Your Neighbor series, and take-and-make crafts. There is nothing more empowering than getting your own library card. It gives you access to technology, resources, and services to pursue your passions and dreams.

Library cards are free for residents, Coppell business owners, Coppell ISD students/staff, and Coppell city employees. 

Library Card Sign-Up Month graphic with text and image of Marley Dias.

Library Card Sign-up Month History

The campaign started in 1987 as a response to then Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated, “Let’s have a campaign … Every child should obtain a library card and use it.” Read a detailed account in this 2015 blog post at the American Library Association Archives, A Library Card for Every Child: Library Card Sign-Up Month, by Cara Bertram.

About Marley Dias

Marley Dias is the witty and purpose-driven 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of “Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!“ #1000BlackGirlBooks is an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. Dias launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November of 2015 with the help of GrassROOTS Community Foundation. The goal was to collect 1,000 books by February 2016 and Dias has collected over 13,000 books to-date. Dias’ #1000BlackGirlBooks resources guide can found on the GrassROOTS Community Foundation website.

Find out more about National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

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