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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.

While our services are limited right now, the Library can still offer a variety of useful and entertaining resources to the community.

This includes:

How You Can Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Get a Library Card

It’s easier than ever for any Forest Park Public Library resident to get a library card.

  • Sign up online
  • Sign up by phone: 708-366-7171
  • Sign up in person: 7555 Jackson Blvd

Enter the Show Your Card Contest

Take a photo of you or a family member with your library card. Submit your photo here or email ahammond@fppl.org to be entered into the drawing to win a local business gift card. All ages welcome. Submissions are due Wednesday, September 30. Winners will be contacted by October 2.

Design a Library Card Contest

Download the template and use your creativity to design a library card. (Or pick up a print out of the template at the library.) Scan or take a photo of your creation and submit it here or email ahammond@fppl.org. All ages welcome. Submissions are due Wednesday, September 30. Winners will be contacted by October 2.

Show Your Library Love at Home

Print out this sign or pick one up at the library to display at your home. Click on the image to download.