Celebrating Your Freedom to Read

Introducing the Let Freedom Read library card
September 22, 2023
A colorful illustration of open books with the text: "Let Freedom Read" and the American Library Association logo at the bottom.We are excited to announce a special library card in partnership with the American Library Association available at all 28 library locations beginning October 3. Stop by during regular hours of operation to get your card while supplies last. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate your freedom to read every time you use your library card!

Getting Your Library Card
These specialty library cards will be available to current and new cardholders. A few things you'll want to know:

- If you already have a library card, this will replace your current library card.
- If this is your first library card, you will need to apply for a card first (in person or online).
- Specialty cards are only available at library locations and you must be present to get a library card. Be sure to bring your photo ID and proof of address.
- If you have an e-card, you can upgrade to a full access card for free to get a limited edition card.
- Let Freedom Read library cards are available to Sacramento county residents.
5 Things to Do with Your Library Card

1. Get free ebooks, audiobooks, and more in our digital collection.
2. Stream music and video for free from your mobile device.
3. Borrow household tools, cameras, instruments, and more from our Library of Things.
4. Connect with a live tutor and get homework help.
5. Get personalized reading recommendations based on your interests.
Additional Resources
Freedom to Read Foundation
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association.  FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.

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Ask Jason Reynolds Anything
Watch this conversation with  author Jason Reynolds answering questions are centered around banned books, censorship, intellectual freedom.

Let Kids Read: How Penguin Random House Supports the Freedom to Read
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Comic on Banned Books
Read this true story made into a comic of a frequently banned book's actual impact on a child. 

Intellectual Freedom
Learn what intellectual freedom is and why it’s important in this video produced by the American Library Association. 

What’s So Critical About Intellectual Freedom?
Why does intellectual freedom matter in times of conflict? Dr. Oltmann and Dr. Knox will discuss the principles of intellectual freedom and information access and why they matter in our turbulent times.

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