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September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Fontana Regional Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that people of all ages have the most important tool for lifelong learning -- a free library card.

“Our libraries provide access and programs for everyone,” says Library Director Karen Wallace. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness and for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs. Adults and children alike can develop and pursue new interests, or find recreational reading and activities. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

The same card that allows checkout of books and other materials in the library also provides access to a host of digital resources from home or anywhere else. Fontana Regional Library has a large collection of electronic materials, including eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, and even streaming video that are all available free of charge to library card holders.

For more information about library services in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties and how to get a library card, contact your local Fontana Regional Library location or visit www.fontanalib.org.