Sunday, September 26, 2010

National Library Card Month

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. I was digging through some of my old papers, and ran across this. It's one of my first library cards. 


I remember the librarian warning me that the little metal clip was very high-tech, and I should be extremely careful with it, as they were expensive to replace. The card came with a little orange card carrier to protect it. The library had a rule that you couldn't get an adult library card until you were twelve. I remember I got mine a couple of months early, after showing the staff that I had already checked out most everything in the children's collection. Back then, each book had a card pocket where you signed your name... you know the sort.

Obviously, I think I took pretty good care of this card. Do you remember your first library card?

4 comments:

  1. I still have my first card which is actually embossed with my name and address and in a faux-leather slipcase. It also notes the replacement fee for a lost card - 35 cents, a rather large fee in the 1970s, I would think.

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  2. That is so neat. A faux-leather slipcase! We really lived large back then, didn't we?

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  3. I don't have any of my first library cards because I was continually losing them and having to get replacement cards. It made my mom pretty frustrated. :)

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  4. I like to say that I'm not a packrat, and then I turn around find stuff like this lying around. At one point, I had 4 or 5 different library cards: school library card, city library, county library, neighboring city (that I worked in). I think I've still got all of those too.

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