Celebrated throughout the month of September, the nationwide Library Card Sign-up Month campaign encourages people to Get The Smartest Card @ your library. Endorsed by the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), this campaign encourages the public to discover the important things a library card gives you access to.

“Your library card is your ticket to opportunity,” said Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System. “No other card in your wallet gives you free access to books, CDs, magazines and DVDs at your library and opens up the digital world to you with free access to downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies and magazine articles. Your library card also provides you access to all kinds of library programs from book clubs to craft programs. What better place is there to explore and develop new interests than at the library?”

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the Ramapo Catskill Library System and librarians across the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply a child can have. Libraries play an important role in the development of children and signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

The Ramapo Catskill Library System home page provides a link to all member libraries and their branches 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From your home or office, you are able to reserve and renew items online; all you need is a library card. Library cards are free to those living in the library’s service area. In most cases, borrowing privileges are granted on the spot based on providing some form of identification, proof of residency or the signature of a guardian.