September is Library Card Sign-up Month |

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Amelia Shelley
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Garfield County Public Library District would like to remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Children throughout the county will be bringing home a library card application from school to assist families in getting cards for their children. Parents simply need to fill out the form and return it to school. Cards will be mailed out before the end of September.

Kids can come to the library to get homework help, check out books, use the Internet and attend after-school programs. The library also offers numerous databases through our website at that can assist students in research, skill building and test preparation.

Last year, a study by the American Library Association showed that families use libraries to spend time together. Forty-four percent of survey respondents report taking their children to the library for this reason. Libraries throughout Garfield County offer regular story-hour programs, reading clubs and other activities to stimulate the imagination and encourage learning.

For more information on how you can sign up for a library card, visit your local Garfield County Branch Library. Be sure to bring along a current photo ID and proof of local address, such as a utility bill or lease agreement. You can also get a card online at www. by clicking on “About Us.” If your card has been lost or stolen, we will replace it free during the month of September. Media such as DVDs, CDs and video games are also available and require an additional form that must be filled out at the library with the parent present.

For more information on hours, locations, programs and services, visit the library’s website or call 625-4270 for additional information.

Amelia Shelley is executive director of the Garfield County Public Library District.

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