Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! If you don’t already have a library card and have been waiting for the perfect time to sign-up, now is your chance. Library cards are free to Chillicothe residents and everyone in the family can have one! Here’s what you need know:

How can you get your own library card?

Chillicothe residents can come into the library and bring:

  • Your photo ID with your current address*
  • A recent bill addressed to you at your current address if your ID does not have your current address.
  • A parent or guardian, if you’re under 18.

*If you’re under 18, a parent or legal guardian with whom you live can provide their ID and/or piece of mail.

Why should you sign up for a library card during Library Card Sign-up Month?

  • Enter a raffle to win a gift certificate to Triple Dipple’s or El Mocajete.
  • Get a key-chain and bookmark
  • Opportunity to take a photo with our HUGE library card
  • Why wait to access all the wonderful benefits of a library card?

What can you do with a library card?

  • Check out books, magazines, board games, DVDs, graphic novels, video games, science kits, CDs, LEGO kits, and much more!
  • Download and stream eBooks, music, audiobooks, magazines, comics, movies, TV shows, and video courses with our digital media resources.
  • Order materials we don’t have from other libraries through interlibrary loan.
  • Access discounted and free tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theaters, and other fun and local cultural venues.
  • Research and career development resources are at your fingertips, when you use your library card to access NewsBank, Northstar Digital Literacy, and LinkedIn Learning.

History of Library Card Sign-up Month:

  • The campaign started in 1987 as a response to then Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated, “Let’s have a campaign … Every child should obtain a library card and use it.” Read a detailed account in this 2015 blog post at the American Library Association Archives, A Library Card for Every Child: Library Card Sign-Up Month, by Cara Bertram.