WOODLAND PARK, NJ - A library card provides endless opportunities to transform the school year. As students head back to school, there is one essential school supply that requires no shopping and doesn’t cost a penny – it’s a library card.

This September, the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Whether it’s providing free access to programs, in-person and virtual homework help or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at the library are available to anyone with a library card.

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Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

“Throughout the school year, our library offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning,” said Linda Hoffman, library director. “Story hours expose young children to the joy of reading and encourage school readiness, while older children have access to technology and digital tools such as World Book online, Newsbank, and Rosetta Stone, and the help from library staff to use those resources.”

This year, Disney’s “The Incredibles” are Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries and librarians transform lives and communities. During September, the Alfred Baumann Public Library will host several activities, including Teen Tech Help Desk and pictures with Dash from “The Incredibles.” 

For more information about how to sign up for a library card, visit the library in person at 7 Brophy Lane, or online at www.abwplibrary.org.