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National Library Week

Barbara Vey -- April 15th, 2013

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I love celebrations and this week is one of my favorites….National Library Week.  Like many of you, some of my fondest memories are from libraries.  There was always something about the smell of all those books.  So many to choose from and just imagining all those people who enjoyed them before me was mind-boggling.

All across the US, libraries in schools, campuses and communities will be celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  The National Honorary Chair this year is Caroline Kennedy and the theme this year is Community Matters.

,According to the American Library Association:

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 
 
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
 
 
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said [name and title of the spokesperson]. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.” 
 
 
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. 
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Libraries now offer so much more than just checking out books.  You can borrow e-readers, iPads, there’s tutoring for adults, book clubs, author visits, movie nights, teen events, classes and taxes done.  During the celebration week, some libraries will be offering coffee and cookies, poetry contests for kids, photography contests and one library will have a Food for Fines day.

What does your library have planned?  What’s your favorite thing to do at the library?

Bottom Line:  “If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.” ~ Cornelia Funke

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