September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month 8/31/2022

Best wishes to all as a new school year begins!
This September Legion Memorial Library, as part of the Norhtern Library Network (NWLN), is joining the American Library Association (LA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month.  This is a time to remind parents, caregivers, students, and everyone that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning, and it lets your imagination sing!
Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel, are this year’s honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month 2022.
As honorary chairs, Idina and Cara remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is at the library.  And during Library Card Sign-Up Month, they want you to explore all the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programming.  You can join Idina and Cara, the American Library Association, and libraries nationwide in singing the praises of a library card.  Also in September, the sisters’ debut picture book, Loud Mouse, about a little mouse named Dee who loves to sing very loudly, will be released by Disney Hyperion.
During September, Legion Memorial Library, in partnership with the other NWLN libraries, will host several activities, including entry into a raffle drawing for three different people to win a $50 gift card to three different people (one person in each of three categories) 1. New library cardholders (physical card) 2. New library cardholders (self-registered online) 3. Patrons who share their library story (
Also, a library card is the most powerful tool in your wallet – show it off! The American Library Association (ALA) has a promotion for you to share a photo of yourself with your library card for the chance to win $100! Post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded. Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Be sure not to reveal any personal information on your library card and don’t forget to tag your library! The creator of one randomly selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift and a poster of choice from ALA Graphics. Three second-place winners will receive their poster of choice from ALA Graphics. The #GetLibraryCarded promotion begins Thursday, September 1, at noon CT and ends Friday, September 23, at noon CT. All library lovers and librarians are encouraged to participate. The promotion is open to residents of the United States, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories. Employees of the American Library Association are not eligible to participate.
Libraries offer free and fun educational resources and activities that bring families and communities together.  Here in Mellen, September will be the start of a new  StoryWalk with the book, “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds.  Walk through the new patio area at the library and enjoy this story about ‘making your mark’.  Then stop in the library during our open hours to pick up a Take & Make project.   Both library book clubs are starting a fresh season.  Each club features a variety of books, both fiction & non-fiction.  Check our website, or stop by the library to view titles for the 2022-23 season. New members are welcome!  An Acrylic Painting online tutorial is offered monthly.  On the 9th we’ll be painting along with The Art Sherpa, to create our own versions of her, “Sunflower Barn”. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Our storytime sessions will begin in October.  Until then you may be interested in starting a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten journey.  Visit the library or check out the website for more details.
Friends Quilt for the September 24th raffle is on display at the library.  Tickets are $1 each.  The Friends will meet this Thursday, September 1 at 6 pm.  New members are welcome.
Hope to see you soon at the library!