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Moore: The best card in your wallet

September is Library Card Sign-up Month; a time when Elmhurst Public Library (ELP) joins with public libraries nationwide to celebrate all the benefits available to library patrons.

Again this year, we’ll be celebrating with Library BINGO. To play, stop by EPL any time during the month to pick up a BINGO card. In order to get your card stamped to get BINGO, you can do things like check out an eMagazine using Zinio, use the Simple Scan Station, ask an informational question, review us on Yelp, show us your valid EPL card, attend a program, borrow a museum pass or choose from several other activities.

When you get a BINGO, turn in your card at the checkout to get a free environmentally-friendly Chico bag (while supplies last), and get entered to win an iPad Mini, donated by The Friends of the Elmhurst Public Library ( 

In addition to BINGO, there are other benefits to having a library card. In addition to checking out materials from EPL’s collection, your library card also gives you access to databases, like the popular and Consumer Reports. If you’re brushing up your language skills, you also can use the Transparent Language Online app on your smartphone – all for free! You can use databases either in the Library or from home (

You also can use your library card to borrow a museum pass, which gets you free access to local museums, including one free admission to Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg (a $20 value). Or you could use a museum pass to get into the Brookfield Zoo, the Naper Settlement, Cantigny Park, or several other area museums (

It’s back-to-school time, and students also can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement These include test preparation programs and popular study for finals events. Students also can use their library cards from home. Our library offers access to important educational resources, like online homework help and online databases ( 

So, if you don’t already have a library card, come in during the month of September and sign up. You’ll soon find that it’s the best card in your wallet. 

Cheryl Moore is public information coordinator at Elmhurst Public Library. 

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