September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and as always ALA is providing some free resources to promote the event, including a customizable poster featuring Cal Ripken Jr., some audio PSAs, press releases, and clip art. While you’re there, take a look at the “52 Ways to Use Your Library Card.” (Word document)
I always take some time during my library classes each September to pull up the Sumter County Library website on the Promethean board. We discuss what the public library has to offer, what special events are planned for the month, and how to search their OPAC. I close by reminding students that it doesn’t cost anything to get a library card, and then I seal the deal by promising a trip to my Treasure Basket to any student who brings in a library card to show me!
This year I am going to add an extra twist by taking a photo of each student proudly holding up his or her library card, and create some sort of Animoto video or Photo Story project for our school website. (I’ll post a link once I set up the page.)
“A library card is the most important school supply of all.”