More than 50 businesses across the county are offering residents big discounts on their meals and purchases and free items this month when you show your library card.

The new program, called Play Your Card Right, is an effort by the county libraries to get people to sign up for a library card and raise awareness about the county’s library systems. September is national Library Card Sign-Up Month.

You can get free desserts, ice cream cones and sandwiches, 10 to 25 percent off your purchases or discounts on your meals.

Local librarians wanted a way to participate in the national library card initiative, said Lisa Lintner, director of the Johnson County Public Library.

“It is a benefit to anyone who has a library card and they can get the discount,” she said.

See Wednesday’s Daily Journal for more information.

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Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2770.