Even though every day is a great day to celebrate libraries, there is a special week each year designated to highlight their importance and awesomeness!
This year, that week is from April 9 – 15 and “is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.”
This year’s theme for the week is “Libraries Transform.” ALA has a Press Kit to help you prepare for activities and events you may want to plan to take place during this exciting week! Check out their library week fact sheet or watch this video from the 2016 National Library Week Video Challenge
I couldn’t let National Library Week end without taking a moment to reflect on what libraries mean to me. As a child, our little town did not have a public library (still doesn’t), and there was no school library, so the bookmobile came to main street every two weeks. I always checked out the maximum number of books, and even though I tried to ration, I was always done at least a week before the bookmobile lumbered back into town. Finally, the bookmobile librarian put me out of my misery and quietly lifted the limit for me and we were both happier. She was my hero. During junior high, I discovered the school media center, and spent every moment there that I could. The librarian liked me and was nice to me. In high school, I almost got expelled for cutting classes until the school librarian vouched for the fact that I was in the media center reading during my missed class! I guess the principal simply didn’t have the heart to expel me for my innocent love affair with books. When my three children were small, I opened a daycare center. Every day we had story time. The first time I saw a child lock onto the book I was reading with fierce attentiveness, I was hooked. That pure channel between the child’s brain and the story was exactly where I wanted to be! Until that electric moment, I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to be when I grew up. Shortly after this in 1993 or so, I logged onto the Internet (no easy feat at that time), surfed on over to a special collection of aboriginal art in Australia (a bucket list destination), and felt the intoxicating power of remote digital collections too. So, when I started college at age 35, I knew very clearly that I was on a path to be a librarian, and have never looked back. Graduate school in Chicago gave me ample opportunity to visit and use some of the finest research libraries in the world. The deal was sealed; I was completely smitten.
I honor and commend all types of librarians during National Library Week. You make important contributions to people’s lives, some who have little, others who are more fortunate. You help build an informed citizenry, but I am preaching to the choir here! Well done library friends; you rock!
It’s National Library Week, from April 12-18, and this year’s theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.” National Library Week is a “time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.”
What are you and your library doing for the week? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Locally, CSB/SJU is getting students to share the things they create at the library on Twitter.
National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library has changed their life. This year the theme is Lives change @ your library and the Honorary Chair is Judy Blume. Check out the PSA’s, letter to the editor, press releases, Twitter hash tags and much, much more! Let’s involve the public in communicating about the value of libraries.
National Library Week was first established in 1958. Over the last 55 years, every April, libraries and librarians are celebrated across the country.
During National Library Week, held this year on April 14-20th, CMLE would like to recognize our members, representing multiple library types, who continue to foster information literacy, support communities and champion access to valuable resources.
This Week’s Events
Monday, April 15 – 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report released
Additional information about the history of National Library Week can be found here.
If you would like additional resources to help promote your library-try this link which includes a short public service announcement (PSA) video featuring Caroline Kennedy.
Click here for a map of libraries across the United States-searchable by state and categorized by library type.