Begun in 1958, Nationwide Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Affiliation (ALA) and noticed in libraries throughout the nation every April. All sorts of libraries — faculty, public, tutorial, and particular — take part.
Libraries are usually not solely free repositories of books however are additionally wealthy suppliers of on-line sources, workshops, lectures, enterprise facilities, and group outreach packages. Library packages are designed to encourage group members to satisfy and focus on civic points, work collectively utilizing new applied sciences like 3D printing, or study alongside each other in English language or expertise lessons. Library employees additionally associate with different civic and repair organizations to actively have interaction the individuals they serve, all the time striving to ensure their group’s wants are being met.
To study an array of how to have a good time — from sharing your library story to displaying your assist on social media — go to the American Library Affiliation’s Nationwide Library Week web site.
To Identify This Day . . .
Write a quote of your individual in reward of libraries so as to add to this listing.
“Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to learn, freedom of concepts, freedom of communication. They’re about schooling (which isn’t a course of that finishes the day we depart faculty or college), about leisure, about making secure areas, and about entry to info.”
— Neil Gaiman in “Why our future will depend on libraries, studying and daydreaming” from TheGuardian.com (October 15, 2013)
“If humanity had been to lose its libraries, not solely would it not be disadvantaged of sure treasures of artwork, sure religious riches, however, extra essential nonetheless, it might lose its recipes for dwelling.”
— Georges Duhamel in In Protection of Letters
“Libraries enable youngsters to ask questions in regards to the world and discover the solutions. And the fantastic factor is that after a toddler learns to make use of a library, the doorways to studying are all the time open.”
— Laura Welch Bush in The twenty first Century Elementary Library Media Program by Carl A. Harvey
“I’ve all the time imagined that paradise will likely be a sort of library.”
— Jorge Luis Borges in Dreamtigers
Non secular Apply
In A Man with out a Nation, Kurt Vonnegut writes, “I need to congratulate librarians, not well-known for his or her bodily power, who, throughout this nation, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who’ve tried to take away sure books from their cabinets, and destroyed data relatively than need to divulge to thought police the names of individuals who’ve checked out these titles. So the America I liked nonetheless exists, if not within the White Home, the Supreme Courtroom, the Senate, the Home of Representatives, or the media. The America I liked nonetheless exists on the entrance desks of our public libraries.”
This week, write a letter of appreciation to your native librarians for his or her group mindedness and the care that they take of significant mental sources.