Why You Should Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month

library card sign up monthSeptember is Library Card Sign Up Month and as it draws to a close we wanted to share our top 5 favorite reasons as to why you should sign up for your very own card at your local library.

1. It’s not just books.

While many of us here at Tutor.com are avid book readers, as chronicled in our ‘Tutor.com Reads’ book club posts, others in the office prefer to cozy up with a magazine or a good movie. But they too would be missing out if they didn’t sign up for a library card. Most libraries have a great selection of DVDs to choose from as well as the latest magazines for any and every interest…all for free! Not to mention, most libraries also provide access to the internet so that if you aren’t connected at home you can still set up an e-mail address and keep in touch with all your friends and family, research homework projects and even find a recipe to make for dinner tonight!

2. You might find a cat to hang out with!

On a cold winter night in Spencer, IA a small kitten was put into the book-return slot. After the library director, Myron, finds the tiny ginger kitten (later named Dewey Readmore Books) she allows the cat to call the library its home. Impacting Myron’s life as well as countless other members of the community, this true story is remembered in Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vivki Myron.

3. Access banned books.

Did you know that this week is also Banned Books Week? The website explains that “during the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.” Have you always wanted to read The Catcher in the Rye or The Lord of the Flies but don’t have access to it (both are on the most frequently challenged list)? Stop by your local library, because it just might be right there on their shelves!

4. Find out the latest must reads.

This one comes from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and was included in their Library Card Sign Up month 30 Days, 30 Ways to Use Your Library Card Facebook posts. If you are unsure of what to read next, you can get recommendations from those who love books the most, the library staff!

5. Use Tutor.com.

We work with hundreds of libraries across the country, from 6 statewide programs to community public libraries, which provide free access to Tutor.com’s live homework help for their communities. We love working with them and think each of you should sign up for your very own library card to find out what programs your library offers to you!

 

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