Contact: Jay Dickinson
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind library patrons that a library card is the smartest card you can own. Whether you’re a student heading back to school, a job seeker looking for ways to increase your prospects or simply looking for free entertainment in these tough economic times; Berkeley Public Library is here to help. A library card gives you access to books and computers, databases, homework help, assistance with resumes and job searches, accurate financial information, adult education courses, music, movies, museum passes and more. To celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month, the Berkeley Public Library will release four new library card designs and begin a poster and ad campaign. The Read Local campaign will feature patrons, notable Bay Area residents, authors, and local business people who love to read and who want to inspire others to do the same. The new library cards feature images from around Berkeley, including a painting featuring the Marin Circle Fountain by patron Cathy McAuliffe, the winner of the Design-A-Card contest. The new cards will be available and the posters will begin to appear in the library on Tuesday, September 4th. New posters and ads in local media will appear for several months after. The cards will be available to all new patrons free of charge. Please join us in celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month by visiting one of our branches or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org and sign up for a library card today.