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I was talking with a coworker the other day about a book I had read which I thought he would enjoy and, because it was checked out at the time, I offered to put it on hold for him. He looked at me sheepishly and I thought he mumbled something about not having his library card with him. I said that was no problem and started to look up his account so I could reserve the book. At this point he stopped me and admitted it wasn't that he didn't have his card with him, he didn't have a library card at all.

Do you ever have one of those moments where your heart stops, your breathing becomes shallow and you feel you're going to faint? This was one of those moments. I've had a library card from the time I could write my name. To come across someone who doesn't have a library card is one thing. To find out a trusted colleague doesn't have one is not something from which I will easily recover. Not having a library card is like Sherlock without a Watson, like Harry without a Ron or a Hermione, or like Daenerys without her dragons; it just doesn't feel right.

Don't have a library card and not feeling right about it? No problem. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and now is the perfect time to get your own library card. Help us celebrate by stopping by the Youth Services Desk to enter your best guess for the number of library cards the library issued last year for a chance to win a prize. Already have a library card? Great! Show it to us and we'll give you a fun surprise.

Like us on Facebook, visit us at www.beloit library.org and check out one of these books coming soon to your Beloit Public Library:

• From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men Who Created an Icon by Mattias Bostrom. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a unique literary character who has remained popular for over a century and is appreciated more than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-town English doctor in the 1880s, into such a lasting success, despite the author's own attempt to escape his invention? (Book Description)

• Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Quidditch by Insight Editions. The wizarding world's favorite sport is a magical game played high up in the air with Quaffles, Bludgers and broomsticks. This interactive book allows fans to project their favorite Quidditch scenes from the Harry Potter films on a wall or ceiling using a flashlight. (Book Description)

• The Science of Game of Thrones: From the Genetics of Royal Incest to the Chemistry of Death by Molten Gold by Helen Keen. Join Keen as she investigates wildfire, ice walls, face transplants and every wild feature of Westeros and beyond, revealing a magical world that may be closer to our own than we think. The Science of Game of Thrones is the ultimate guide to the epic series. (Book Description)

- Jeni Schomber is Youth Services Director at Beloit Public Library.

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