This September, Baseball Hall of Famer, author and Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Cal Ripken, Jr., will work with the American Library Association (ALA) to remind both parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply.

This September, Baseball Hall of Famer, author and Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Cal Ripken, Jr., will work with the American Library Association (ALA) to remind both parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply. As Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Ripken is featured in a print public service announcement, inviting everyone to sign up for the smartest card – a library card. Please consider including the PSA in your September issue, as well as on your website. The PSA can be viewed at www.ala.org/librarycardsignup. ALA will customize the PSA to your specifications. Held each September to mark the beginning of the school year, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the ALA and libraries across the country join together to remind parents and caregivers that signing up for a library card is the first step in starting the school year off right. In fact, studies showing that students who use the library perform better in school.