Happy National Library Week!
This year’s National Library Week celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.
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:
Celebrations during National Library Week include:
- Monday, April 9: The State of America’s Libraries Report will be released, including the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
- Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for recognizing the value of all library workers.
- Wednesday, April 11: National Bookmobile Day, a day for acknowledging the work of our nation’s bookmobiles and those supporting outreach in their communities.
- Thursday, April 12: Take Action for Libraries Day highlights the need for continued support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The U.S. government’s proposed budget cuts include eliminating this critical source of funding for libraries and museums.
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.