This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month-a time when the American Library Association (ALA) joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card. Held each September since its inception in 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month signifies the beginning of the school year. Library staff work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a free library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back to school supplies available. Stop by your local library and sign-up with your friends and family!