This month marks the sixth annual "I Love My Lisle Library Card" Business Partnership Program. Lisle Library District patrons can enjoy discounts at 45 participating local businesses just by showing a current Lisle Library card through Sept. 30.
Held in conjunction with the celebration of "National Library Card Sign-Up Month" in September, the program is looked forward to by both patrons and local business owners.
"I've had patrons who inquire about the list of discounts because they want to preplan their shopping trips for the month," said Virginia McKeefery-Reynolds, Lisle Library circulation services staff member, who has coordinated the "I Love My Lisle Library Card" program since its inception in 2009.
"From discounts at local restaurants and retail stores to discounted activities for kids, there really is something for everyone."
That widespread appeal could be the reason businesses from all around the area have been offering discounts via the program since the beginning. One of those Lisle businesses is Leo's Cleaners, 4752 Main St., owned by Dennis Callan.
"It's worked out well. We've had some good responses," Callan said about his partnership with the library. "We've had people come into the store, and then run out saying they forgot their library card. It really feels like a community event."
It's that sense of community that makes national chain businesses want to be involved as well.
"It's important for us to reach out and be part of the community," said Katrina Brown, store manager of the Walgreens at 1010 Maple Ave., Lisle. "Our customers are happy that we are partnering with the library to bring them extra savings."
"If we gain one new long-term customer, it's beneficial," Callan said. "But some of our regulars come in to use it and say it feels like a thank you. Either way, it's win-win."