A library card is the coolest card − September is Library Card

RPL joins the American Library Association to ensure all students have a library card.

Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Rockford Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.
Resources at Rockford Public 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.  Summer Reading Club, Teen Read Week Events, Computer Classes and Homework help are just a few programs and services RPL offers.

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a computer or just relax with peers. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including downloadable e-books, e-magazines, and music from Overdrive, Zinio, and Freegal. Students can get homework help via Middle Search and World Book Online databases and many others that are accessible from home, in person or online.
“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says RPL Executive Director Lynn Stainbrook. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and lap sit storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM ) programs, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college, including a Scholarship Search database. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Rockford Public Library in person or visit the library online at www.rockfordpubliclibrary.org. 

About the Library

The Rockford Public Library, founded in 1872 as the second library in Illinois, currently has seven facilities, including the Nordlof Center, Main Library and five Branch Libraries. The mission of the Rockford Public Library is to educate, inform, entertain and culturally enrich the people of our community.

Phone and Fax

Phone: (815) 965-7606

Fax: (815) 965-0866