August 29, 2003

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

A world of knowledge and entertainment await those who have a library card. The City of San Diego Public Library invites the public to “get carded” at their local libraries so they can enjoy all the important things libraries provide.

Celebrated throughout September, National Library Card sign-Up Month encourages people to gain full access to their library by signing up for a library card. Library card are free to San Diego residents and available at the Central Library and all 34 branches.

“The City’ libraries are dynamic centers for education, information and entertainment,” said City Library Director Anna Tatár. “A library card gives the public even more access to information by allowing patrons to check out a variety of materials. I urge everyone to become empowered with their own library card.”

The City’s libraries offer more than just books. They also have DVDs and video cassettes, CDs, and computers with Internet access. In addition, libraries offer live performances, children’s programs, seminars, film programs, and many more activities. Librarians —the ultimate search engines— are available to help recommend materials suitable for all ages and interests.

Observed since 1987 and sponsored by the American Library Association, National Library Card Sign-Up Month is a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. 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. Adults also find library cards useful to check out books, videos, CDs and other materials to expand their knowledge.

Library cards are free to applicants who reside within California or own property in the City of San Diego, and to men and women serving in the armed forces who are stationed within San Diego County. For more information, visit or call your local library or check out the Library on the city’s web site at www.sandiego.gov.

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