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Happy National Library Week!

This year’s National Library Week celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

2018 National Library Week logo

The event was designed to celebrate the awesomeness of libraries. And awesome they are! This year the event takes place April 8 – 14, 2018 and the theme is Libraries Lead.

From the American Library Association‘s website:

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.”

 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

I showed this picture to you last year, but here it is again, the wonderful Kellogg Hubbard Library of Montpelier, Vermont:

Kellogg Hubbard Library

Photo by Denise Yu used with permission via a Creative Commons license.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

My local library has taken on a new significance to me, now that I have a daughter. Reading to your kids can have such a profound impact on their development and pediatricians recommend that parents should start doing so as soon as possible. My library has a story time twice a week and I hope to attend with Anna on a more regular basis.

Looking for other ways to celebrate? Check out the suggestions on the I Love Libraries website.

You can also follow along on social media using the tags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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