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 Media 25% off session price for personal/family photo or video shoot
Stated Apparel 50% off
Luigi’s Restaurant and Pizza 10% off a meal
Seva 5% off
T & T Maids 10% off a standard first-time cleaning or 15% off a deep first-time cleaning
501 Nutrition Free tea with purchase of shake OR 10% off first purchase
Debbie’s Hallmark Benton 10% off (excludes sale items and Hallmark ornaments)
Debbie’s Hallmark Bryant 10% off (excludes sale items and Hallmark ornaments)
Debbie’s Hallmark Hot Springs 10% off (excludes sale items and Hallmark ornaments)
Papa John’s Benton 25% off with code ARSCL
Papa John’s Bryant 25% off with code ARSCL
Papa Murphy’s 10% off
Sport Shop 20% off
Sunshine Donuts A dozen free donut holes
Kwikstitches 10% off
Baker’s Fine Jewelry Free Cleaning and inspection
Montalvo Interiors 10% off
Simply Dogs Salon $1 off
Wander Arkansas 30% off
iPawn 15% off
P & P Locksmith 10% off
Lisa’s Therapeutic Massage 10% off
Viper In-Home Appliance Repair Free service charge and 10% off all repair services
Bryant Family Chiropractic Free consultation
Gina’s Catering 10% off Catering Food Order
Gina’s Grab-N-Go 10% off purchase after opening on Sept. 18th
Larry’s Pizza Free drink with purchase
Mobile Video Game Station 10% of party booked in September *Party does not have to be in September
Whole Hog Free cookie or brownie with purchase
Playtown Free adult and $6 children admission on Thursdays in September
Braswell & Son Pawnbrokers 5% off
Tire Engineers 10% off all services  (excludes tires)
Lisa’s Bait Shop 10% off
Salty Harbor $1 off general admission
Pasta Jack’s Benton 10% off
Knockout Nutrition Free tea with purchase of shake OR 10% off first purchase
Chicken Express 10% off OR Free Drink
Rumors Hair Salon $5 off
Dales Donuts Dozen free donut holes
Burger Shack Free ice cream with meal purchase (closed week of Labor Day)
Relics Tattoo and Piercing 10% off
Letta’s Flower Shop 10% off
The Flower Cart 10% off
Sugar Dumplins 10% off
Salem Dairy Bar Free ice cream cone with meal purchase
Pookie’s Popcorn 10% off
Menchie’s 20% off
Speakeasy 10% off
Rooster’s Barber Shop $6 men’s haircuts
Riverside Grocery 10% off meal
Camp Happy Tails 10% off
Pinnacle Car Care 10% 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.