The American Library Association says September is library card sign-up month — a good time for parents to help their kids get off to a good start to the school year by getting them a library card — what the ALA calls “the smartest card.”

“A library card has always been the most important school supply of all,” said Evanston Public Library Director Mary Johns.

“Today’s libraries are thriving technology hubs that millions rely as either their first or only choice for computer and Internet access. In doing so, libraries provide children with not only the tools to be literate, but information literate as well. There’s a lot happening at EPL, and the best part for both children and parents – in these though economic times – is that it’s all free with a library card,” Johns added.

Evanston residents can get a library card by presenting a photo identification card, like a drivers license or school ID, and if it’s not on the photo ID, another document proving a current Evanston address, like a utility bill or bank statement, at any of the library’s three branches.

More information and directions to the library branches are available on the library website.

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