Library Card Sign-Up Month | Library Stories We Love

By Kate C. Mon, September 30, 2019

All throughout September, we’ve been celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month by highlighting some of the amazing, often life-changing things you can do, for free, with your shiny red card. From access to hundreds of databases to books, audiobooks, musical instruments, and nearly everything in between, there’s something for everyone across our 54 locations and online. However and whenever you need us, we’re here.

To get to the heart of how Philadelphians are using our resources, we launched the #MyFreeLibrary project on social media in April during National Library Week. We used it as a chance to find and tell some of the great stories of our patrons, and we continued the campaign through the summer and into Library Card Sign-Up Month, the perfect time to remember the worth of that little card.

Let’s take a look back at some of the people we met and stories we told:

First, there was Camille, who used the Free Library’s genealogy resources to trace her family history back to the early 1800s.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Free Library of Philadelphia (@freelibrary) on Apr 8, 2019 at 1:05pm PDT

 

Then we talked with Josh, who used the Free Library as a place of refuge while experiencing homelessness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Free Library of Philadelphia (@freelibrary) on Apr 10, 2019 at 12:13pm PDT

 

The father-son duo of John and Matthew reminded us that libraries are a place to build great memories.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Free Library of Philadelphia (@freelibrary) on Apr 12, 2019 at 8:34am PDT

 

Melissa, a professor at the Community College of Philadelphia, taught herself to play the ukulele with an instrument she borrowed from the library.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Free Library of Philadelphia (@freelibrary) on May 1, 2019 at 9:06am PDT

 

We were moved to hear the story of Laura, an 18-year-old Colombian immigrant who has used the library to continue on her journey to learning English.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Free Library of Philadelphia (@freelibrary) on May 22, 2019 at 11:30am PDT

 

Bob’s story is a reminder that the library changes with you as you grow up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Free Library of Philadelphia (@freelibrary) on Jun 6, 2019 at 11:17am PDT

 

Steven used the library to grow his business.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Free Library of Philadelphia (@freelibrary) on Aug 14, 2019 at 9:29am PDT

 

And most recently, we talked to Pam, who was reintroduced to the library through a breastfeeding class and has become a regular along with Jimmy, who is now 10 months.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Free Library of Philadelphia (@freelibrary) on Sep 25, 2019 at 12:56pm PDT

 

We’ve LOVED watching the library work in the lives of Philadelphians, but we don’t want the journey to end yet! Share YOUR library story with us and don’t forget the #MyFreeLibrary hashtag!


The Free Library would like to thank Albert Lee (@urphillypal), digital content manager for the Office of the City Representative, for taking the photographs!

We love to hear how Philadelphians are using the Free Library. Share your library story with us using the #MyFreeLibrary hashtag!
We love to hear how Philadelphians are using the Free Library. Share your library story with us using the #MyFreeLibrary hashtag!

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