U-46, local libraries offer Library Card Challenge

Elgin Area School District U-46, in collaboration with local libraries, is launching a Library Card Challenge Thursday, March 2, National Read Across America Day, which celebrates the importance of reading. Elementary school principals and librarians will encourage students during the month-long challenge to become library cardholders.

"A free library card inspires our students to explore new worlds," said U-46 CEO Tony Sanders. "Our libraries encourage lifelong learning by providing access to resources such as books, movies, games, music, and much more."

The school district will award a trophy to the elementary school with the highest number of student library cardholders and the school with the largest increase in library cardholders. The winners will be announced the week of April 17.

Elementary students can visit their local libraries to register for a library card. A parent or guardian must bring proof of local residency (photo ID and utility bill with current address) to their local library's registration desk. A library card can usually be processed and printed in less than 10 minutes.

Each local public library listed below will participate in the Library Card Challenge:

• Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road;

• Carol Stream Public Library, 616 Hiawatha Drive;

• Gail Borden Public Library's Main Branch, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin, Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Road in Elgin, or the South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Blvd.;

• Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood.

"We support this library card challenge wholeheartedly. We want these students in our libraries," said Carole Medal, Gail Borden Public Library District executive director. "We want them to check out books, use our research resources, meet in our study rooms and read, read, read! We hope to see many students and their families getting library cards in March."

Students must register for a library card by Monday, April 3, in order for their card to be counted toward their school's final tally. To participate in the U-46 Library Card Challenge, students or their parents must share their library card with their teacher or parents must send in a statement of library card ownership.

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