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Lee serves as chairman of Library Card Sign Up Month

Friday, September 5, 2014

CHICAGO – Legendary comics creator Stan Lee will serve as the honorary chairman of Library Card Sign Up Month in September.

During the month, the Campaign for America’s Libraries, the American Library Association and libraries across the country will encourage the public to obtain a free library card that will save them money.

According to a Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life study, 96 percent of Americans agree that not only do libraries promote a literacy and a love of reading, but today’s libraries provide tech resources and access to materials, and a majority view libraries as leaders in technology.

Lee is the creator or co-creator of such characters as Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, The Hulk and The Fantastic Four.

“Having a library card is like having a key to all the information in the world,” Lee said. “When you have a library card, you can read anything about anything, and I have found that whatever you read, it doesn’t matter, it increases your fund of knowledge.

“So a library card is the ‘Open Sesame’ to all the knowledge in the world.”

Lee, a voracious reader from an early age, recalls that if it hadn’t been for libraries, he could never have afforded all the books he wanted to read.

This September, Lee encourages every student to sign up for the most important school supply of all: a library card, the key to knowledge and a lifelong love of reading.

Public libraries provide an essential service to the nation’s children. Libraries offer free access to important educational resources such as online homework resources (96.5 percent) and educational programs, information sessions and training (99.5 percent), with content in virtually every school subject, including history, literature and science.

In addition, more than 89 percent of libraries offer access to e-books, while 39 percent of libraries provide e-readers for checkout by patrons.

According to a 2014 report issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, public libraries offered 3.81 million programs to the public in 2011, an average of at least one program a day for every library system in the country. The majority of these programs are designed for children; attendance at children’s programs reached 60.5 million.

For more information on how much your family can save by using the library, visit atyourlibrary.org.

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