As public libraries are recommending, it's time to get carded. The library is one of my favorite places -- for books, research, and other activities. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is the spokesman for American Library Association's national effort.
I like what the International Reading Association says about the library card on its ReadWriteThink.org website, calling it a passport that "permits its owner to travel to other places and times through the pages of a book."
Of course, those who frequent a library know that a library is more than a place for books (in my opinion, that's still its primary purpose). Not only can you check out books, but also CDs and DVDs; use computers; access the Internet; attend functions such as book discussion groups, author readings, story hours for children, and art exhibits; visit the used book store and much more.
At my local library -- Paul Sawyier Public Library -- residents who sign up for a card this month can get discounts from area businesses.
The month may be over soon but it's not too late to sign up for a library card. It's really never too late. If you're busy this month, then drop by in October and get your card. Just get one. It's one of the best bargains you'll find anywhere.