September is National Library Card Sign-up Month (external link), an event started in 1987 to raise awareness of the importance of having a library card in the education of children and teenagers. Since September is the start of the school year, it’s an ideal time to sign-up for your first card, renew an old card or replace a lost card!
Library cards are totally free and available to all residents of Walter E. Olson Memorial Library municipalities, which includes the City of Eagle River and the Townships of Arbor Vitae, Cloverland, Conover, Lincoln, St. Germain, and Washington. All you need to sign up is a picture ID with your current address on it. A parent or guardian may present an ID for children and teens under 14 to get a card.
What are the benefits of having a library card? You get access to all of our circulating materials which includes everything from traditional materials like books, movies and music to newer collections like University On The Go dvds, cake pans and eBooks. You also get access to all circulating materials from the 30 libraries who are members of the Northern Waters Library System. Check out our Resources page for all the cool materials you can borrow!
You also get access to all our fantastic online research databases, which provide resources for term papers, test prep, business research, learning a foreign language, finding out your family history and so much more! These databases are expensive to access on your own, but with your library card access is totally free. If you don’t have access to a computer at home, you can use one at the library—or even check out a laptop! Getting a library card can open up whole new worlds of information!
Have you lost your card? To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month, come to the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library through the end of the month and we will give you a new one completely free of charge!