For immediate release
Tuesday, September 4, 2019
Finger Lakes Library System
1300 Dryden Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Sarah Glogowski, Executive Director
Library Card Sign-Up Month reminds students, families that libraries are the key to academic success
(Ithaca, NY) – This September the Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS) is 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.
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, free internet access, and homework help, libraries transform lives through education.
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.
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.
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 unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit your local public library in person or online.
The mission of the Finger Lakes Library System is to stimulate, coordinate, and strengthen library and information services within Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. As a cooperative library system, FLLS works with the 33 independently-governed public libraries in the five counties to provide the best possible library services to area residents and visitors. FLLS was chartered in 1958 by New York State and is governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. To learn more about FLLS, visit our website at www.flls.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.