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National Library Week: April 10-16

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. 

See what John Grisham, Honorary Chair of National Library Week, has to say about the value of libraries.

Read what the ALA has to say about the history of National Library Week

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!”

National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.

So come in this week and check out the world of information available @ your library.



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We’re thriving @ your library

Sunday and Monday were gorgeous.  Are you convinced spring is here?   If dreams of your garden are keeping you up nights, check out the display table by our New Book shelves: it’s covered with books on gardening.  Ideas, design, layout, how-tos of all kinds: come get inspired!

And if you’re the type of gardener who wants to listen to a book while you work, don’t forget that we just bought 3,000 invisible books… downloadable audiobooks, available to you 24/7 off our website.  Come in and get we’ll help you get your account set up.

National Library Week 2010

And while you’re here, participate in our National Library Week celebration!  There are two stations at which you can respond to our questions (“What one word describes your library?”) and (“How does your library help your community thrive?”).  Check out the big bulletin board in the lobby to see all the fabulous responses we’ve gotten so far!
–Mary Beth


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