In celebration of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, the Haywood County Public Library is joining with other North Carolina libraries to urge citizens to use the smartest card in your wallet!

Every September libraries across the state participate in the “Smartest Card” campaign, encouraging community members to sign up for a library card or use the one you’ve got.

If you haven’t been to your library in awhile, you’re missing out. Let us remind you of all the fabulous services we have to offer: You can check out DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, download e-books -- and don’t forget good old-fashioned books in print! You can also access the internet and genealogical databases, browse and check out magazines and newspapers, and attend various programs and events. Your library has a lot to offer!

Haywood County Public Library will be celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month this September with the following events:

  • Write a love letter to your library. Entries will be judged by librarians, and prizes will be awarded to the first and second-place winners. Entries must be submitted by Monday, Sept. 19. The winning letter will be published in The Mountaineer!
  • Show your library card Sept. 26-30 at Blue Ridge Books and News, located at 152 S. Main St. in Waynesville, and receive a 10% discount on any purchase (excluding newspapers).
  • All first-time library card applicants will receive a canvas book bag the week of Sept. 26 (while supplies last).
  • Young adults and children are invited to enter a “Why do you love your library?” video contest. Entries must be submitted by Monday, Sept. 19 (see Carole Dennis for details). The winning video will be shown on the Haywood County Government Access Station and on the television in the lower level of the Waynesville library.

If you don’t have a library card yet, stop by September 26-30th to get one. We look forward to providing you with the “smartest card” in your wallet!

Sponsors of the “Smartest Card Campaign” are The American Library Association, Haywood County Public Library, Blue Ridge Books and News and The Friends of the Library.

For more information, visit the Haywood County Public Library website.