WAUKEE - This September, the Waukee Public Library joins libraries across the U.S. in celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every person signs up for their own library card. Signing up for a library card is easy, and… it’s free!

“Often times people just associate library cards with checking out books, but there are more resources and materials available today than ever before,” said Library Director Kristine Larson. “With a library card, you can check out our great books and movies, download e-books, take technology classes, research your ancestry and so on. The card is a key to unlock learning and entertainment.”

Here are just a few ways you can use your library card:

• Borrow up to 50 items at a time, 10 of those can be movies

• Download e-books and audiobooks with Overdrive

• Access popular magazines on your phone or tablet from Flipster

• Request items for pickup at the library

• Access dozens of research databases and online resources

• Use online research tools for students, business owners and more

• Take online design and technology classes through Lynda.com