Libraries Empower: Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and this year’s theme from the American Library Association is “Libraries Empower.” To celebrate how libraries can empower individuals, the Anderson County Library System is giving away two $100 Visa gift cards. To enter, pick up a “Libraries Empower” bookmark from your local library, write how libraries have empowered you or your family, fill out the rest of the bookmark, and return to your library by Thursday, September 30.

Don’t have a library card? September is the perfect time to apply. Library cards are free to anyone who lives, works, owns property, or goes to school in Anderson County. With a library card, you can get more than just books. The Anderson County Library System circulates passes to SC State Parks, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, book club kits, fishing equipment, learning tablets for children, and so much more.

Go digital with your library card. Read eBooks and digital magazines, listen to digital audiobooks, or stream movies, concerts, and lectures with Libby, Hoopla, and Flipster Magazines.


Library cards also provide access to reliable information and research resources. Research your family’s history with Ancestry: Library Edition and HeritageQuest. Search or browse past issues of the Independent-Mail and Consumer Reports. Take an online class at your own pace with Universal Class or practice for the GED, SAT, Praxis, and other college and career exams with LearningExpress Library. Need help getting started? Make an appointment for one-on-one help with Book-A-Librarian.