In the popular “Toy Story” movie series, toys come to life and share stories and adventures together. Likewise, a library card can help readers bring stories to life. The New Castle-Henry County Public Library, along with the American Library Association (ALA), celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month in September.

The community is encouraged to apply for a free library card and pick up a gift at New Castle-Henry County Public Library. Adults and teens who sign up for a card will get a tote bag, courtesy of Friends of the Library, and children will receive a special “Toy Story” sticker.

Resources such as streaming video and music, and access to print and e-books are available to anyone with a library card. Additionally, cardholders at New Castle-Henry County Public Library can access many other “Evergreen” libraries throughout the state.

This year, the characters from “Toy Story” are the Library Card Sign-up Month’s honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries and librarians transform lives and communities through education. During September, the New Castle-Henry County Public Library will host several activities, including an antiques appraisal on September 14, Adult Spelling Bee on September 19, and a Noteworthy Concert on September 26. Find out more by visiting www.nchcpl.org and clicking on the Events link.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure each member of the community signs up for their own library crd. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, visit the New Castle-Henry County Public Library at 376 S. 15th St. or find more information at www.nchcpl.org/about/get-a-library-card.