Library Card Challenge - Teachers

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Dear Teachers and School Librarians,

A library card helps your students become superstars!

This fall the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is working with schools in Hamilton County on an exciting competition to encourage ALL students K–8 to get a library card. To make it fun, the Library is partnering with the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education (GCAAE).

Why participate?

  • You can give your students a terrific tool for achievement.
  • Your class and school can compete to win a fantastic performance from our arts partner.
  • You and your class can generate school pride and community visibility while having fun!
  • You can be part of an outstanding program that will energize your students, and it’s all FREE!

How do I participate?

  • Give a Library Card Application and Parent Letter to each of your students. Set a return date for parents.
  • Remind students that library card applications must be signed by a parent.
  • Collect the completed applications and parent letters. Keep in the return envelope.
  • Fill out the front of the envelope, and return it to your school office by Oct. 21.
  • The week of Nov. 14, your student’s library cards will be delivered to your school’s office along with your award for helping.
  • Distribute the cards to your students!
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Rewards and Prizes

All teachers who have 80% or more of their students with library cards will receive two tickets to an upcoming arts performance or arts merchandise, a chance to win additional arts related prizes, and be entered into a drawing for a Nook Color e–reader.

Need a library card application? Applications, in English or Spanish, can be downloaded from our website.