NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Public Library is celebrating National Library Card Sign-up Month this September with special prizes available to anyone who signs up or renews their NOPL membership in person.
Starting Sept. 1, stop by any of the Library’s 15 locations to participate. New NOPL members and existing members with expired cards are eligible.
Since 1987, the American Library Association has hosted Library Card Sign-up month to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, libraries across the country unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card.
Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available.
A New Orleans Public Library card unlocks all of that and more, according to Deputy Director Tamyka Miles.
“We have so many fantastic resources for all ages,” Miles said. “In addition to valuable educational resources, we offer professional development tools, music and music streaming, free programs across a variety of interests and topics, and so much more. We believe libraries are an essential part of all communities, and we encourage all New Orleanians to sign up.”
Shannan Cvitanovic, executive director of the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, said she believes having a Library card is as important as having a cellphone.
“To me, it’s a no-brainer. A New Orleans Public Library card offers so much beyond traditional lending services – including free seed libraries, tool borrowing, and even entry into premier museums and cultural attractions,” Cvitanovic said. “I truly believe a Library card is the best card you could ever have in your wallet, and I, personally, never leave home without it.”
Library Card Sign-up month runs through Sept. 30. Visit //nolalibrary.co/register for more information.