Get Carded: September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

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by Roswell Encina

September is “Library Card Sign-up Month.” It’s a time when the Pratt Library reminds parents that the most important school supply of all is a library card. But nowadays, it gives you more than just books.

Orioles Player with Library CardYour Pratt Library card is your ticket to exciting new and free services. It now allows you to check-out e-Readers at several neighborhood branches.  The card also gives you access to thousands of e-books available for download for free from our website,

In tough economic times, your library card also gives you free access to programs, computers, homework help, assistance with resumes and job searches, accurate financial information, adult education courses, CDs, DVDs and so much more.

WJZLast year, we started an amazing and fun campaign called, Get Carded. Every day in September, we showed a different celebrity, author, athlete and politician holding our gigantic Pratt Library Card. We had no shortage of famous people who were eager to hold the card for pictures including Ravens players Joe Flacco and Ray Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Orioles Adam Jones, The Wire’s David Simon, WJZ news team, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, best-selling author Laura Lippman, actor Hill Harper and the pirates from Urban Pirates.

This year we promise a new group of famous celebrities. Every day in September we will unveil who gets carded on our Twitter, Facebook and Flickr accounts. Who would you like to see?

So get carded this September! And join us on this incredible journey.

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