Libraries Are the Popular Place To Be
More than 1.3 billion library visits were recorded in the last year, according to the American Library Association’s newsletter of August 28. The leading cause for this increased use is the declining economy. While the poor economic state is not good news, it is good news to see Americans making use of the great services and products which public libraries provide.
If you haven’t visited your library for a while, now is the time. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see what a wide variety of materials and services they have available. With the new school year just under way, you’ll be happy to hear that more than 83% of the libraries offer online homework resources as well as live tutors. Now that’s something to smile about.
Nancy Pearl, world renown librarian immortalized with her very own action-figure, is pictured to the left to announce that today, April 13, is the start of NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK.
The American Library Association’s website provides a brief history and explanation of this special week promoting libraries:
What is National Library Week?
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. It 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.
The entire month of April is School Library Media Month. I know I’ll be celebrating with school students in the St. Alban’s School Library on Wednesday when I spend time with two first grade classes and their extremely well-organized and energetic librarian, Christy Bobbit.
How do you plan to celebrate libraries this week? Here are some suggestions:
- Check out a library book–or two or three or more
- Say an enthusiastic “THANK YOU!” to your librarian
- Send your favorite library (librarians) a “Just Because You’re Special Card”
- Donate time or money to your favorite library
- Attend a library story time with your children
- Soak up the zen when you stop by your favorite library for some quiet reading time