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September is ‘library card sign-up month’

This September the Gibson Memorial Library is joining the American Library Association 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 toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.

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, DC’s “Wonder Woman” is the honorary chair of the event — on a new mission to champion Library Card Sign-Up Month .

A founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is known for strength, compassion and truth. Armed with the “Lasso of Truth,” Wonder Woman is an ambassador to support the value of learning and the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education.

The ALA has created a special library-themed bingo card that patrons may pick up at Gibson Memorial Library. Patrons are invited to post their completed bingo cards online and tag the American Library Association, the Gibson Memorial Library and use the hashtag: #LibraryCardSignUpMonth.

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.

Due to COVID-19, all on-site programming at Gibson Memorial Library has been canceled or postponed. However, the library does offer virtual programs and services. These include the monthly adult book club, curbside pickup and make-and-take crafts for children and teens.

For more information contact Gibson Memorial Library at 641-782-2277, email crestonlibrary310@gmail.com or visit their website at creston.lib.ia.us.

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