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Posted on: August 22, 2022

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Illustrated raised arms holding library cards and phone.

Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister author and educator Cara Mentzel will serve as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month 2022. As honorary chairs, Idina and Cara will remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is at the library. And during Library Card Sign-Up Month, they want you to explore all the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programming.

"It's a little card that goes a loud way. Let your imagination sing at the library," — Idina Menzel


This September, join Idina and Cara, the American Library Association, and libraries nationwide in singing the praises of a library card.

“The library is where your imagination sings. Get your library card and 'check it out' today." — Cara Mentzel


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.

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