Does your child regularly ask if they can borrow your library card? If so, then you might want to help them sign up for their own library card during Library Sign-up Month.
The event, which ends Sept. 30, is an annual celebration organized by the American Library Association and libraries across the country to encourage people to sign up for a library card.
With a library card, your child can check out books for class projects and to read for fun. They can also choose from a diverse selection of multimedia, including games, CDs and DVDs.
How can your child sign up for a library card in the Chicago area? The following are some of the requirements for library districts.
At the Chicago Public Library, you can apply for a card at any of the more than 70 locations. According to Chicago Public Library’s website, “Children age 13 or younger, who can write or print his or her first and last name, must present a completed and signed application that includes the signature of a parent or guardian. One piece of identification with home address must be presented at this time.”
According to the Naperville Public Library, anyone who is under the age of 18 and wishes to apply for a library card must be present and sign for the card. For more information, including rules on residency, check out the library’s website.
If you live within the Schaumburg Township District Library and wish to apply for a library card for your child, then you will need two forms of proof of name and current address. You will also need to sign for the card if your child is 14 or younger. For more information, check out the website.
For additional rules, check out your local library's website. You can also apply for a library card year-round.