Libraries all over the country are encouraging citizens to sign up for library cards as part of the American Library Association Library Card Sign-up Month in September —”a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.”

The Statesboro Regional Library system participates in PINES, a statewide system that includes 105 Georgia Libraries. Initial library cards are free and are available to all residents of Georgia.

Adults must have ID and a proof of address to apply. Current proof of address may be from mail or an electronic bill. Parents or a legal guardian must show ID and proof of address to register a child. There is no minimum age for a child to receive a library card.

PINES cards may be used at any PINES library and on the online app, LIBBY, which offers ebooks and audiobooks for free. 

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Giveaways planned

The Statesboro Library has several giveaways this month for first time card sign ups or renewals, including a free treat coupon from Chick-fil-A, free keychain wristlets, and weekly prize drawings. The library will also host a spirit night at Rolling Monkey on September 29 from 5-9pm.

The Georgia Public Library Service is giving away a “Libraries Change Lives” t-shirt or magnet, for sharing a photo of yourself at your local library along with a sentence of how you use it, or by sharing a Georgia Public Library Service post and sentence of how you use your library. To enter, use the hashtag #galibrarieschangelives. 

The American Library Association also has a give-away of a $100 Visa gift card for sharing a photo of yourself with your library card. Post a picture to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #getlibrarycarded. This promotion ends Friday, September 23 at noon. 

Follow the Statesboro Library on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with promotions and events all September.

You can sign up for a free library card online here. 

Statesboro Bulloch-County Library
124 S. Main Street
Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 764-1341 — directions

Monday – Thursday 8am–7pm
Friday & Saturday 9am–6pm

Computers shut down 20 mins before closing. 

Ashlea Mask

Ashlea Mask is a Toombs County native who has lived in Statesboro for the last 25 years. She is a mom, avid reader, and freelance writer.