Library Lines - 8/18/2021

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Eaton Rapids Area District Library is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom, and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.

Libraries offer free and fun educational resources and activities, helping transform lives and communities through education. At the Eaton Rapids Area District Library, you’ll find a wide variety of educational resources and activities, including programs for all ages, technology videos, and a variety of virtual STEAM activities.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home, and who use the library, perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

ERADL, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the Library’s resources and programs, please visit us at

This year, Marley Dias is helping promote the power of a library card. As honorary chair, Dias reminds the public that signing up for a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities. “A library card is the ticket you need to travel across the globe. It allows you to experience stories that can connect you to diverse and empowering experiences,” said Dias.

During September, the Library will host activities including a Beanstack reading challenge and weekly Take and Make crafts to help celebrate, and promote, this Library-centric holiday!

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child has their own library card.

If you have questions, comments or concerns please contact me directly ( or 517-663-0950 x401). Happy reading and exploring with your library card!

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