Starting next month, reading in Roselle will enrich more than your brain. It can fatten your wallet, too.
As part of a national library card signup program, the Roselle Public Library District partnered with several area businesses for a new promotion that gives free items or discounts to Roselle library cardholders. Just show your card while shopping at participating businesses throughout September.
Executive Director Amy Cawley said staff members first heard of the idea from a library in Kentucky. Then, a new staff member came on board from the Lisle Public Library, which has run a similar program, and officials chose to adopt the idea for Roselle, too.
Since April, the library has been recruiting businesses. Now it has 18 retailers on board, a number close to its goal for the program.
"I think it's very positive and a good beginning," Cawley said.
These establishments will be part of the inaugural program: Academic Associates Reading Clinic, Bella Capelli Salon & Spa, BMO Harris Bank N.A., Brunch Café, Brunswick Zone Roselle, Dairy Queen, Elena's Shear Magic Pet Styling, Friendly Ford, Hollywood Kennels, Impecca Restaurant, Itasca Bank & Trust, Langner Eye Care, Mark Drugs, Printing Plus of Roselle, Inc., Reinforce Health & Wellness, Roselle Ace Hardware, Roselle Dental Center & Roselle School of Music.
In exchange, the library created and will distribute brochures highlighting these partners, which will be given to patrons when they visit the library or check out materials. And to learn what discounts and giveaways are available, check out the current "Library Lights" newsletter or visit the library's website.
Cawley said if the program succeeds, she hopes to make it an annual tradition.
The free program is open to all residents of the library district, and residents in a contiguous area that are not served can also purchase a library card.
For details or to obtain a library card, visit the library at, 40 S. Park St., call (630) 529-1641, or visit roselle.lib.il.us.