Get Carded At Your Local Deschutes Public Library Posted By: Date Posted: 9/4/2004 Libraries nationwide today are inviting community members to get the Smartest Card during National Library Card Sign-up Month. Sponsored by the American Library Association since 1987, this annual celebration reminds parents that a library card is the smartest school supply of all. "Every parent can afford to give his child the key to success - a library card," said ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano. "No child will ever outgrow his library card - and it's free! If you know how to use a library, you know how to learn for a lifetime." This year the Public Library Association, a division of the ALA, also is launching a new advocacy campaign to make the library card the most valued and used card in every wallet. Part of The Campaign for America's Libraries, the initiative's main message is: "The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It. @ your library." Starting this month, libraries across the country will use the campaign to promote library card use and enrollment. "A library card signifies the opportunity for endless learning and enjoyment for all people," said PLA President Clara Bohrer. "Libraries provide great value, allowing community members to share resources and services that many could never afford on their own." According to a 2002 ALA poll, about 62 percent of American adults have a library card. The "smartest card" campaign hopes to dramatically increase library card registration and use across the nation. For more information, please visit www.ala.org and www.pla.org.