Library Cards Empower Students and Fuel Academic Success

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Blackwell Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own 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.

Libraries offer everything from early literacy programs to virtual homework help and GED classes, helping transform lives and communities through education. At Blackwell Public Library, you’ll find a wide variety of education resources and activities, including Story Time, Teen programs, a Makerspace, circulating hotspots, and more.

“Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children,” said Lisa Vargas, library director. “We have library programs that serve students of all ages and backgrounds such as stories, games and sensory activities for preschoolers, a dedicated collection of decodable books which support learners with reading difficulties, and

Blackwell Public Library, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please search our website.

This year, Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, author and executive producer, is taking on a new role as honorary chair of Library Card Sing-up Month. In her new role, Dias will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.

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 work together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.