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September is Library Card Signup Month!

A library card is the coolest card! Do you have one?

Today’s libraries are about more than books. They are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Robey Memorial Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development, by teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness. As of 2010, libraries in the United States offered more than 2.3 million children’s programs, which account for nearly two thirds of all library programming.

Older students can access high-speed Internet, digital tools and the opportunity to work with trained professionals on how to use them. Librarians provide guided training in digital media and grow digital literacy skills. Libraries also provide equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet access in the home. 

Libraries are also a training ground for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. Resources at Robey Memorial Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. 

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Cate St. Clair, Library Director. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and story times to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with reading programs and online research & tutorial databases. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

Robey Memorial Library offers great programming year-round for children, teens & adults!


For children, RML offers several on-going reading programs.  Infants to preschoolers can participate in the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program. This program encourages Kindergarten readiness by building vocabulary and general knowledge. Kindergarten through eighth graders may participate in our 100 books before High School program. This program encourages independent reading & vocabulary building. Both programs offer incentives for reading milestones and the opportunity to earn up to seven free books. Regular children’s programming includes: Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30-11am; Story Time with Ross (All. Co. Conservation), 2nd Tuesday, 10:30am; After School with Ross (All. Co. Conservation), 4th Tuesday, 3:30pm; Winter Break @ RML at the end of December; Summer Explorers Wednesdays, 10am in June & August; and Summer Reading Program in July. We also have special programming throughout the year, including: Movie Nights, Table Game Days, Teddy Bear Sleepover, Pajama Party and more! Children are encouraged to visit the library to check out our Legos, iPads, and building blocks!


For teens, RML offers the opportunity to serve on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB is a once-a-month commitment to meet to discuss books and programming to help the library better serve teens. Teens are also encouraged to participate in the 100 books before High School program and our new Read for a Lifetime program for high school students. In the Read for a Lifetime program teens are encouraged to read four books from a list selected yearly by the TAB board & library staff. Teens can earn up to five free books by completing this program! Other teen programming includes: Teen Summer Book Club in June, July, & August; Summer Reading Program in July; and special programming for Teen Read Week in October and Teen Tech Week in March. Teens are also encouraged to try Chess Club, Hook & Needle Crochet and Knit Club, Table Game Day, I Found It On Pinterest, and our monthly classes!


RML offers great programming for adults! Each year adults are encouraged to join in the Adult Reading Challenge. Participants are asked to read one book per month in one of twelve pre-selected categories. Each month of participation, readers can be entered into the drawing for prizes and/or Waukon Bucks generously donated by local businesses. Read at least eight books during the year to be entered into the year-end drawing. Other programming for adults includes: Chess Club, Mondays from 4-6pm; Keep Calm Adult Coloring, Tuesdays, 4-6pm; Brown Bag ‘n’ Books, a story time for adults, the first Wednesday, monthly from 12-1pm; Tech Tutor, Thursdays, 10am-12pm; Hook & Needle Crochet and Knit Club, the first Thursday, monthly at 5:30pm; free class offered monthly the last Thursday, 5:30pm; I Found It On Pinterest project program, the second Thursday bi-monthly, 5:30pm; Table Game Day, on a Saturday, bi-monthly, 10am-12pm, and much more!

For more information on how to sign up for a library card and library programming, visit Robey Memorial Library in person or visit the library online at