This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-Up Month – a time when the American Library Association (ALA) joins 17,566 public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card. Originating in 1987, Library Card Sign-Up Month is held each September to mark the beginning of the academic year.
Obtaining a library card is the first step for many children when it comes to academic achievement and lifelong learning. Our St. Lawrence County public libraries encourage families to obtain library cards for children in conjunction with our preschool storytime and other youth programs. In addition to books and other materials that may be borrowed with a library card, our local libraries offer free literacy programs, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities, educational programs, homework assistance, technology workshops, and more throughout both the school term and the summer months.
For individuals without a library card, one may be obtained for free at any public library within the NCLS system. As a general rule, adults must present a form of photo identification, and children will need permission from a parent or other adult caregiver. The minimum age to obtain a library card varies from library to library, with some libraries issuing cards to children as young as three, while others prefer children be at least five years old, entering kindergarten, or able to print their first and last names on the back of their new library card.
A library card obtained at any library within the North Country Library System (NCLS) may be used at any other library in the system. In St. Lawrence County we have nineteen libraries and three branches: Brasher Falls, Canton, Colton, Cranberry Lake, Edwards, Gouverneur, Hammond, Hermon, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Madrid, Massena, Morley, Morristown, Norfolk, Norwood, Ogdensburg, Potsdam, Rensselaer Falls, Richville, Russell, and Waddington.
Information about individual libraries may be found at on the NCLS website, as well as a catalog of all items available at our participating libraries. Whether you’re thinking of the start of a new school year, or the upcoming chilly days when it’s enjoyable to relax indoors with the latest best-seller, please visit your local library and check us out!