September is Library Card Sign-Up month and local libraries across the Richmond area are celebrating in style. Library cards are always free, but several libraries are offering special events to encourage Richmonders to head to their local branch and sign up.
The Richmond Public Library will host dance parties for kids with their mascot, Ripple (get it?) the otter. Ripple will make a fancy-footed appearance at every RPL branch over the month of September — find out when he’ll be near you. Bonus: Every child who attends gets a free Ripple plushie.
While the Henrico Public Library isn’t hosting any aquatic mammal meet-and-greets, it has plans for sign-up month, too. Not only is HCPL encouraging people to come get a card — in person or online — but for residents who’ve lost their library cards, HCPL will waive the replacement fee. It’s also reminding everyone that the library offers more than just books: A membership provides access to DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, ebooks, computers and printing, outdoors kits, book club bags, and meeting rooms.
While it hasn’t announced any special programming for the month of September, Chesterfield County Public Library also offers free library card sign-ups.
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