The Bixby Memorial Free Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month so the Bixby Memorial Free Library is celebrating by inviting residents of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, and Waltham to sign-up for a free library card to take advantage of all that the library has to offer.

To encourage more residents to bring home their own library card, the Bixby is launching a new approach, rewarding an “each one reach one” community effort during September. Brand new library cardholders will be entered into a weekly raffle to win a handy Bixby Library tote bag. In addition, current cardholders can participate in the raffle by referring others to sign up for a library card.

Libraries play a crucial role in their communities, offering a surprising variety of materials and programs to spark creativity and stimulate an interest in reading and lifelong learning. The Bixby Memorial Free Library provides patrons of all ages access to a multitude of free educational resources and programs, including books and eBooks, audiobooks, DVDs and streaming films, weekly storytime, take-and-make crafts, monthly arts and culture talks, historical exhibits, a Library of Things, park and museum passes, public computers and WiFi, and so much more.

“We are especially cognizant of the important role that libraries can play in the education and development of children,” says Catharine Hays, Bixby Library Director. “And right now, we know that COVID has had a major negative impact on childhood literacy.  That’s why we are working to expand programs to serve students of all ages and backgrounds.” 

Children and Youth Librarian, Mary Neffinger adds, “The success of this year’s Bixby Booked for Bikes Summer Reading Program is a great example.  Throughout the summer, 90 kids logged more than 43,377 minutes representing an impressive 13% of the state-wide library summer reading program.  The Vergennes Area Rotary presented four bikes and four Kindle readers to raffle winners at Vergennes Day.”

The Bixby Memorial Free Library, along with libraries everywhere, continues to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving community needs. Visit the Bixby Library this September and sign up for a library card or learn more about what’s available by visiting www.bixbylibrary.org.