UPDATE: Giveaways, Discounts ... Superheroes! Available at Kane Libraries in September!

UPDATE: Giveaways, Discounts … Superheroes! Available at Kane Libraries in September!

WHAT’S MORE POWERFUL THAN A SUPERHERO?: a St. Charles Public Library card

If you haven’t been to your local library recently, now is the time to visit. In September, the St. Charles Public Library is joining libraries across the country to celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month. This year, the library has a little help spreading the message throughout the community: Joe Cool and other super heroes.

Visit the Library during the month of September for a chance to enter the drawing for a Fitbit Charge 2. Simply apply for a new library card, or show your current St. Charles card at the Circulation or ASK ME Desk, to be eligible for a chance to win. Two winners will be chosen.

This month while at the library, strike a post at our “Superhero” selfie stops. Grab a cape, pick a prop and snap a photo at our displays on the main floor or lower level. Adults and students, who come to the library in a super hero costume or t-shirt, can receive a cool super hero giveaway.

Be on the lookout for Joe “Super” Cool and other heroes in the community.  They will be making various appearances throughout our library district to spread the word about the power of having a library card.

Library Card Sign-up Month is a celebration held each September during which librarians across the country remind families that a library card is the most important school supply of all. In addition to books, eBooks, magazines, CDs and DVDs, computers, games, software and other multimedia materials, a library card provides access to programs, homework assistance, resume and job search help, and online adult education courses and much more. Discover all the benefits of having a St. Charles Public Library card.

Getting a Library card is easy. Simply visit our location and provide two forms of identification (including at least one photo ID) showing your current residency within the St. Charles Public Library District. Children under 18 must have the signature of a parent or legal guardian.

The St. Charles Public Library is located at One South Sixth Avenue in St. Charles, and serves approximately 56,000 residents. For more information, visit www.stcharleslibrary.org or call 630-584-0076.

SOURCE: St. Charles Library news release

Get Great Discounts With Your Gail Borden Library Card

Classrooms are full of kids, the bell has rung and school is underway! Gail Borden Public Library has teamed up with over 40 local businesses in the Elgin and South Elgin area this September to remind kids and parents that a library card is the most important school supply in backpacks this year.

Customers who show their Gail Borden Public Library card to participating businesses in September receive a discount. Whether it is a percentage off of the check or a free item with a purchase, these businesses have teamed up to support literacy and using the library.

Part of a nationwide initiative, Library Card Sign-Up Month is a way to encourage residents to shop locally and a reminder for them to use their library card.

For more information about the specific discount, people may visit http://gailborden.info/deals to check out what the local  participating businesses listed below are offering for those that show their library card during the month of September.

  • A to Z Rentals
  • Al’s Café
  • Andersen’s Engraving
  • Anderson Animal Shelter
  • Artistic Framing & Supplies
  • Axis Elgin Carwash
  • Blue Box Café
  • Brushed Chicago Inc.
  • Catering Made Simple
  • Curves Elgin
  • Dairy Queen Orange Julius
  • Dairy Queen Orange Julius
  • Elgin Antiques & Uniques
  • Elgin Knit Works
  • Elgin Public House
  • Elgin Public Museum
  •  Escapade 360 – Elgin Escape Room
  • Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery
  • The Grumpy Goat Tavern
  • The Guge Institute & Art Studio
  • Herb’s Bakery
  • In the Neighborhood Deli
  • Jang’s Taekwondo
  • Jester’s Fast Food
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Kellenberger Auto Service
  • Lazer Maxx Family Fun Center
  • Lolly’s Dollhouses and Miniatures
  • Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn
  • McDonald’s – Bear Family Restaurants
  • Mom & Me Unique Boutique
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • Old Town Pizza Co.
  • Original Country Donuts
  • Pittsburg Paints
  • Pro-Boxing Fitness
  • Randall’s Pancake House
  • Rediscover Records
  • Soulful Sparrow
  • Spirels Yogurt Delites
  • State Street Market Shops
  • Wienerville

Who may have a Gail Borden Library Card?

All residents of the library district are eligible for a library card.
[Note: District resident cards expire every three years and must be renewed.]

Reciprocal Borrowers
Residents from other library service areas may borrow materials from Gail Borden Library. Please bring your home library card to our Sign-up Desk for assistance. For more information please read our Special Message for Reciprocal Borrowers.

Special borrowing cards are available to educators at preschools, private schools or any U-46 school located within the Gail Borden Library District. Please contact the library Sign-up Desk at 847-429-4597 for assistance for preschool through 8th grade. Please contact Melissa Lane at 847-289-5837 for grades 9 through 12.

Business cards are available for business or non-profit organizations located within the Gail Borden Library District. Please contact the Sign-up Desk at 847-429-4597 for guidelines.

Visitor cards are available to persons who are temporary residents with the Gail Borden Library District. Please contact the Sign-up Desk at 847-429-4597 for guidelines.

How to Get Your Library Card

To register for a library card please visit the Sign-up Desk at any of our three branches: Main Library; Rakow Branch; or, South Elgin Branch. Two forms of identification are required for registration; at least one form with your name and current street address must be presented.

Online library card registration is available for Gail Borden Public Library District residents only. If you do not reside within the district you must register in person at the library. After you register online you receive a barcode via e-mail, you will have 30 days to bring two forms of I.D. to the Library to receive your library card. If you have not come in during that time period, your registration will be deleted from the system.

For children, having a library card can be a great first lesson in responsibility. Materials checked out must be well cared for and returned on time. Whether or not children are ready for their own library card is a decision best left to parents and legal guardians, whose signature is required for all children under age 16.

Card holders are responsible for any items checked out on their card, including replacement costs for damaged or lost items. These will be charged to the card and must be paid in full. A word of caution: never loan your library card.


SOURCE: Gail Borden Library news release