Everyone knows your library card can get you books as well as DVDs and access to internet resources, but what about a free cookie or discount at your favorite stores? Well, in September, it can!

September is a national holiday for libraries called Library Card Sign-Up Month. Every library participates in the holiday differently. The Saline County Library, however, uses this holiday as a time to get the community involved. Months in advance, the staff puts together a team to begin the process; they come up with a theme, develop graphics and then the real fun begins. They contact a long list of businesses from all over Saline County to see if they would like to offer discounts to customers who show their library card. In return, the library puts participating business logos on flyers, bookmarks, banners, in the library monthly magazine and on social media. And all this advertising happens the entire month of September.

So what is the purpose of Library Card Sign-Up Month? Well, other than the obvious reason to encourage our community to register for a free library card, this is also a time to let everyone know what is available at the library. Yes, there are books and DVDs, but did you know you can get free online tutoring or learn a language with your library card? How about check out a cake pan for your kid’s birthday party? Or rent a mobile hotspot so you can get WiFi at your house or in the car on a road trip? There are so many non-traditional items the library now offers for check out and the best part is that it is all free with your library card.

This year, the library has already secured over 50 businesses to partner with them for Library Card Sign-Up Month and offer great discounts to our community. Participating businesses include:

Empire Cheerleading$10 off the first month
BluStream Media25% off session price for personal/family photo or video shoot
Stated Apparel50% off
Luigi’s Restaurant and Pizza10% off a meal
Seva5% off
T & T Maids10% off a standard first-time cleaning or 15% off a deep first-time cleaning
501 NutritionFree tea with purchase of shake OR 10% off first purchase
Debbie’s Hallmark Benton10% off (excludes sale items and Hallmark ornaments)
Debbie’s Hallmark Bryant10% off (excludes sale items and Hallmark ornaments)
Debbie’s Hallmark Hot Springs10% off (excludes sale items and Hallmark ornaments)
Papa John’s Benton25% off with code ARSCL
Papa John’s Bryant25% off with code ARSCL
Papa Murphy’s10% off
Sport Shop20% off
Sunshine DonutsA dozen free donut holes
Kwikstitches10% off
Baker’s Fine JewelryFree Cleaning and inspection
Montalvo Interiors10% off
Simply Dogs Salon$1 off
Wander Arkansas30% off
iPawn15% off
P & P Locksmith10% off
Lisa’s Therapeutic Massage10% off
Viper In-Home Appliance RepairFree service charge and 10% off all repair services
Bryant Family ChiropracticFree consultation
Gina’s Catering10% off Catering Food Order
Gina’s Grab-N-Go10% off purchase after opening on Sept. 18th
Larry’s PizzaFree drink with purchase
Mobile Video Game Station10% of party booked in September *Party does not have to be in September
Whole HogFree cookie or brownie with purchase
PlaytownFree adult and $6 children admission on Thursdays in September
Braswell & Son Pawnbrokers5% off
Tire Engineers10% off all services  (excludes tires)
Lisa’s Bait Shop10% off
Salty Harbor$1 off general admission
Pasta Jack’s Benton10% off
Knockout NutritionFree tea with purchase of shake OR 10% off first purchase
Chicken Express10% off OR Free Drink
Rumors Hair Salon$5 off
Dales DonutsDozen free donut holes
Burger ShackFree ice cream with meal purchase (closed week of Labor Day)
Relics Tattoo and Piercing10% off
Letta’s Flower Shop10% off
The Flower Cart10% off
Sugar Dumplins10% off
Salem Dairy BarFree ice cream cone with meal purchase
Pookie’s Popcorn10% off
Menchie’s20% off
Speakeasy10% off
Rooster’s Barber Shop$6 men’s haircuts
Riverside Grocery10% off meal
Camp Happy Tails10% off
Pinnacle Car Care10% off

Businesses who want to participate are still welcome to join. They may call the library at 501-778-4766 or email salinelibrarycommunications@gmail.com for more information or to get signed up as a partner. Patrons are encouraged to follow the library on social media and check out our website for the latest updates.