This September, we are joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. This year, Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are going on adventure as Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month. In their role, they will promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries transform lives and communities.
A library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond. From STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, family storytimes, to makerspaces and in-person or virtual homework help, libraries transform lives through education. Libraries offer free and fun educational resources and activities that bring families and communities together. This September, Shreve Memorial Library programs including coding classes for adults and children, healthy living seminars for teens, windmill STEM challenges, painting workshops, tough topic discussions, and much more.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Programs such as 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and the Beanstack Read Around the World Challenge encourage early literacy by fostering a love of reading. Having a library card allows patrons of all ages to borrow books and materials from any of our 21 branches as well as access a world of digital resources and online databases to help further education and promote lifelong learning.
Throughout the month of September, you can visit Shreve Memorial Library and sign up for a library card. Library cards are free of charge and available to all those who live, work, go to school or own property in Caddo Parish. During the month of September, patrons who have misplaced or lost their Shreve Memorial Library card will be able to replace them free of charge. In addition, parents and caregivers will be able to sign their children up for a Shreve Memorial Library card, even if the parent’s account is blocked due to overdue fines and fees. Overdue fines and fees will not be waived.
In addition, our Outreach Team will hold library card sign-ups at the following locations:
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-Up Month is held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.