This September, the Chestatee Regional Library System is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month.

Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, or technology workshops, 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.

Throughout the school year, the library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Story hours expose young children to the joy of reading and encourage school readiness, while older children have access to educational technology and digital tools, plus help from library staff to learn how 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 ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to to encourage parents, caregivers, and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money, encourage academic achievement, and inspire lifelong learning.

For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit your local Chestatee Regional Library branch or apply for a card online.