September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the libraries of the Umatilla County Special Library District (UCSLD) join the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.

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Erin McCusker is the district director of the Umatilla County Special Library District.

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