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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

A month of reasons to own an Alexandria Library card or visit Alexandria Library. For more information on how to sign-up for a free library card, visit any Alexandria Library location or apply for a card online.

1. Check out our newest books and find one to read.

2. Download an eBook with OverDrive* or Freading*.

3. Download and listen to an audiobook with OverDrive* & RBDigitalAudiobooks*.

4. Enroll in an online course* today, choosing from hundreds of online courses including introduction to Microsoft Office products, Adobe products, and web design.

5. Read full digital copies of your favorite magazines on a computer, tablet, or mobile device with Zinio*.

6. Stream and download free music*, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. Download 5 songs per week—they’re free, and yours to keep!

7. Find great librarian recommended books for kids of all ages!

Get the smartest card around. And, it’s free!

8. Find a new-to-you fiction or non-fiction pick recommended by library staff.

9. Access free career development tools with Cypress Resume Builder* and Testing and Education Reference Center*.

10. Check out your favorite magazines to read at home.

11. Learn a new language without leaving home with the help of the Mango Database*. Hablas español?

12. Get your child ready for Kindergarten with Miss Humblebee’s Academy*, a play-based, fully interactive and fun learning experience.

13. Research your family history for free in the Ancestry** online database, Family Search*, and the newly redesigned Heritage Quest***.

14. Join the discussion online and check out our new Goodreads Group.

15. Looking for old photographs of Alexandria? Special Collections Branch has more than 10,000 photographs in its collections.

16. Check out a new DVD for this weekend’s movie night.

17. Ask a librarian for answers via e-mail (card required for account look-ups).

18. Find a storytime for your little ones.

Lots of events all the time!

19. Schedule a time for your child, grade 1-6, to read aloud to a dog through the Alexandria Library’s “Paws to Read” program with PAL (People Animals Love).

20. Plan your next road weekend trip with a plethora of travel books, both in print and online.

21. Manage your account and renew your library materials from the comfort of home.

22. Take a time machine to Alexandria’s past with materials from our Special Collections Branch.

23. Apply for a new U.S. Passport at Beatley Central Library.

24. Dive into the past and access Washington Post*** articles for dates starting back in 1877.

25. Can’t find what you want in our catalog? Suggest a purchase.

26. Need an exam proctored? Contact Beatley Central or Burke Branch to schedule a date & time.

27. It’s your turn to be the book critic. When searching the catalog for titles you can read reviews and add your own.

28. Reserve a library meeting room for meetings of an educational, cultural or civic nature.

29. Want to learn the history of your Alexandria home? The Alexandria Library’s Special Collections Branch has a wide range of resources available to help.

30. Make plans now to attend one of the Alexandria Library’s popular Author Talks.

*Requires signing in with library card. **Only available onsite. ***RequiresRemote User Authentication for off-site access.

For more information on how to sign-up for a free library card, visit any Alexandria Library location or apply for a card online and also our Pop-Up Library throughout the city during September.


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