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Marion Public Library encourages library card sign-up
by Report submitted · September 7th, 2017

The Marion Public Library this September joins public libraries nationwide in marking the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month by encouraging Marion metro area residents to either get their first library card or replace a lost card with one of the three new versions. These library cards are free for everyone and may be used at the Marion, Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha Public Libraries (all participants in the Metro Library Network).

"Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year," Sue Gerth, Marion Public Library's Customer Experience and Access Services Coordinator, said. "We remind parents and caregivers of youth that signing up for a library card is one of the first steps toward academic achievement, lifelong learning and fun."

First-time library card holders or those who have older library cards and would like to have them exchanged for one of these newer versions can go to the Marion Public Library. New cards come in both a wallet and keychain size.

Library card applications for children from birth through age 13 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Both child and guardian must be present. Anyone over the age of 14 must have valid photo identification to receive a permanent library card. If a current I.D. isn't available, a temporary card will be issued that allows check-out of up to six items; this card expires in 30 days.
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