September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

The mightiest card in your wallet is your free Adams County Library System (ACLS) card.  As students prepare to head back to school, there is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny – it’s a library card.  And library cards aren’t just for students, a library card provides endless opportunities for all.  Many valuable resources are available to anyone with an ACLS library card.

     This September, the Adams County Library System is joining with the Pennsylvania Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage adults, parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.

     Whether it’s providing free access to children’s programs, such as storytime, book club or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies.

     All ages can benefit from free access to computers or Wi-Fi, which are available at all six Library System branches.  Get free assistance with job searches or homework, use free online tools to research your family tree, learn a new language or check out a good book, find a quiet spot, and enjoy!  The ACLS has a wide range of materials to check out or download music, an ebook, or an eaudiobook.

     Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show 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.

     Throughout the school year, the library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning.   Storytime exposes young children to the joy of reading and encourages school readiness, while older children have access to print and digital tools such as PowerLibrary, and the help from library staff to use those resources.

     This year, Disney’s the Incredibles are Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries and librarians transform lives and communities through education.

     Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the Pennsylvania Library Association joins the American Library Association and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card, but the Adams County Library System won’t stop there!  We encourage residents of all ages to reap the benefits of a free library card.

     For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit any branch of the Adams County Library System or apply online at  Branches of the Adams County Library System are located in Gettysburg 717-334-5716, Biglerville 717-677-6257, Carroll Valley 717-642-6009, East Berlin 717-259-9000, Littlestown 717-359-0446 and New Oxford 717-624-2182.

Submitted by Laura Goss, Assistant Director