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As students prepare to head back to school, there is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny – it’s a library card.

This September, Forest Park Public Library (FPPL) is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage community members to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, virtual homework help, or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at the FPPL are available to anyone with a library card. This includes checking out a WiFi hotspot, accessing, streaming movies with Kanopy, and listening to audiobooks with hoopla digital.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show 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.

During September, FPPL will host several activities, including a weekly Show Your Card drawing for all ages, a trivia night at The Beacon Pub, a Family Day of Play, and more!

If you are interested in getting a library card, please bring a valid photo ID with  your Forest Park address. If your ID doesn’t have your Forest Park address, bring it along with another form of residency. For complete information, click here or call the Patron Services Desk at 708-366-7171.