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A Library Card is the Coolest Card – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the San Bernardino Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

The Incredibles are joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to encourage the public to obtain a free library card as Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month this September. The Incredibles will use their superpowers to remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle.

Providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help and technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available. Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to highlight the supportive role libraries and librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education. 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 utilize libraries as a source of lifelong learning.

Resources at the San Bernardino Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.  

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, attend workshops, meet authors, or just relax with peers.

Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Overdrive’s eBooks and Audiobooks; ReferenceUSA –a business database of interest to job hunters, salespeople and marketers; Brainfuse ­– online tutors are available 1-10 p.m. daily for those in elementary, middle school, high school, introductory college and adult education in subjects including English, math, science, social science and other topics. Britannica School – The go to site for learning more about any subject---for all grades and all reading abilities. Britannica Escolar – the Spanish Language version of Britannica School. Footsteps2Brilliance – an innovative early learning mobile technology platform that provides free access to early literacy activities to all familes with children birth up to 3rd grade who live within the boundaries of San Bernardino School District. RBdigital Magazine– Popular magazines offered in electronic format; full-text newspaper articles from America’s News including the San Bernardino Sun since 2001. These databases can be accessed in person at the library or online with your library card.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Library Director Ed Erjavek. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the four branches of the San Bernardino Public Library in person or visit the library online at www.sbpl.org. Patrons will receive a sticker and also get to choose a free book when they apply for a library card this month.