Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cal Ripken - Library Card Sign-Up Month Honorary Chair

This September, baseball Hall of Famer and author Cal Ripken will hit a home run by encouraging children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card. 

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month (September), Cal Ripken has donated his image to print and audio public service announcements (PSAs). Sample media tools are available to remind the public of all the resources available for free with a library card. Tools include a sample press release, newsletter article, proclamation, and PSA scripts.... These are available in English and Spanish language.
- American Library Association Public Information Office, July 12

Many students, from elementary to high school grade levels, do not yet have a library card.  Thanks to budget crunches in most schools and community colleges, subscription databases are only available through their local public library system.

Is this a good time of year to ask community leaders to show off their library card?  If so, be sure to give them enough time to renew or get one so they can be proactive and advocate for library card sign-up month.

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