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September Is Library Card Sign-up Month

Jul 31, 2023
Library Card sign-up month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Started in 1987 by then Secretary of Education William Bennett, Library Card Sign-Up Month is a time to learn more about all the things you can do at your local library and to sign your kids or yourself up for a card. Celebrate with us by getting or renewing your Madison Public Library card. If you sign up in September you can take a picture with one of our BIG library cards at any location.

What can you do with a library card? We've compiled a list of 30 Things You Can Do With Your Library Card at Madison Public Library - one for every day of Library Card Sign-Up Month!

30 Things You Can Do With Your Library Card:

  1. Check out books 
  2. Check out DVDs and Blu-Rays of popular movies  and TV shows 
  3. Use public computers 
  4. Check out a laptop (in the library)
  5. Check out ebooks + audiobooks from home using Wisconsin’s Digital Library
  6. Find the right play for you in our many play spaces using our open-ended play materials
  7. Borrow vinyl records and a record player
  8. Check out magazines  
  9. Check out video games
  10.  Access business plans, market research and more with our online Business Resources hub
  11. Use a study room
  12. Check out Disc Golf Kits
  13. Check out a Birding Backpack
  14. Start a book club with a book club kit
  15. Check out DVD players
  16. Get 1-on-1 writing help on resumes, cover letters, applications, creative projects, and more from Madison Writing Assistance
  17. Get a BCycle community pass + helmet
  18. Visit other libraries in South Central Wisconsin to check out and return books
  19. Students can check out a graphing calculator
  20. Check out adaptive toys
  21. Educators can check out Maker Kits
  22. Educators can check out Early Childhood Stem Kits
  23. Read comics on ComicsPlus
  24. Try a craft or start a home project using one of 5 Fiskars Kits at Pinney Library 
  25. Check out portable energy meters 
  26. Watch over 30,000 movies, TV shows and documentaries through the Kanopy video streaming platform
  27. Read books in Spanish 
  28. Visit a Dream Bus stop to check out books and movies 
  29. Access our special collections such as World Languages, Art of the Picture Book Collection, and more!
  30. Get an Organization Library Card