September is Library Card Sign-up Month and citizens as well as state employees are encouraged to discover their local library by checking out what's new and signing up for a library card if they do not have one already.
Cards for the South Carolina State Library are free to anyone who is a state legislator, elected and appointed state official, eligible state government employees, eligible retired state employees, and individuals employed by the news media.
"There is so much that the library has to offer," said David Goble, State Library Director. "Cardholders can check out books and magazines, access eBooks, state government documents, Discus (South Carolina's Virtual Library) and much more -- all for free with their library card."
The library is a great place for meetings, too. State Government employees can visit the library's web site to see the library's meeting rooms that are available to rent to hold meetings and special events.
The State Library also reminds parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. 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.
During Library Card Sign-up Month, library users statewide are encouraged to visit their local libraries to borrow materials, research topics using a variety of print and online resources, get on the Internet, or bring a laptop to enjoy wireless connectivity (contact your local library to see if wireless access is available). Patrons can even enjoy free programs, both educational and entertainment.
To sign up for a State Library card, visit the State Library's web site. If you are not a state employee, we encourage you to visit your local public library and get a card so that you can experience all that your local library has to offer.
Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a campaign promoted by public libraries nationwide in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).