It's National Library Card Sign-up Month



September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.


The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: "Let's have a national campaign...every child should obtain a library card - and use it." Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that.


Library cards are free to those living in the CMRLS libraries service area; Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith counties. CMRLS libraries require some form of picture identification and proof of residency. For more information about getting your CMRLS library card, see


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.


Libraries in Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith counties also offer a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning.  Preschool story hours expose young children to the joy of reading, while computer centers provide computers and assistance to older children after school.   Summer reading clubs keep children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as "summer learning loss."  Programs for adults and teens are also offered.  For a list of programs for all ages planned this month, see


Join CMRLS in celebrating September as National Library Card Sign-up Month.  Make sure the student in your life has their library card!


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