It’s National Library Week, April 14 – 20

PrintIt’s National Library Week, April 14 – 20, and this year’s theme is “Communities matter @ your library.”

The American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating the 55th National Library Week, which highlights the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.”

“Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources,” notes the ALA. “Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.”

Here’s this year’s schedule of events for National Library Week:

National D.E.A.R. Day – National Drop Everything and Read Day – April 12 

Every year, D.E.A.R. takes place on April 12, to commemorate Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Cleary is the author of Ramona Quimby, Age 8, which gives a shoutout to Drop Everything and Read. I love the idea that there’s a day dedicated to putting aside everything else and encouraging individuals to read and families to read together. D.E.A.R. Day is sponsored by the National Education Association, the PTA and the Association for Library Service to Children, among many others. Looking for an excuse to read? This is it!

National Library Workers Day – April 16

Today is all about recognizing those often-unsung heroes: your local library staff. Don’t forget to honor your friendly neighborhood librarian by visiting the NLWD website and using the Submit a Star feature!

National Bookmobile Day – April 17

Bookmobiles have made a difference in the lives of generations of people in far-flung communities, as well as the young and elderly. Honor the efforts of these dedicated library volunteers who work so hard to enrich lives through reading.

Celebrate Teen Literature Day – April 18

There’s a vibrant and burgeoning Young Adult books genre, and Teen Literature Day is just the opportunity to support libraries as the help connect teens with books, DVDs and digital resources to share the love of reading. Learn more at the Young Adult Library Services Association wiki.

4 thoughts on “It’s National Library Week, April 14 – 20

  1. Thanks for the shout-out to my blog Vickie! I really appreciate it.

    The second-graders I shared my blog with today seemed to really enjoy it!
    Sure, they didn’t mind listening to me read a bit of travel narrative but what they really loved were the pictures. (I suspect that’s the case with most of the people reading my blog!)
    The kids especially seemed to like the wildlife and Giant Sequoia photos, and the pictures from Goblin Valley State Park. One little boy was an expert on the movie “Galaxy Quest”. How about that?
    After showing them about 10 posts I asked them if they wanted to see more. “Yeah”, said one of the boys, “Keep going until I’m old!”
    So I guess the day was a hit. Hmmm… maybe I should market my blog to second-graders everywhere!

    • Hi Rita,

      Thanks for sharing your adventures with the second graders. I’m not surprised they loved your photographs – they’re spectacular! And they’re so well chosen to illustrate the stories you tell of your travels and discoveries on and off the beaten path.

      I admit that “Galaxy Quest” post is a favorite of mine, too. Guess that makes me as smart as a second grader! 😉

  2. Hi Vickie,

    Thanks for the reminder about National Library week.
    Tomorrow I’ll be visiting a nearby elementary school to read a few of my blog posts, and this post has inspired me to stop at the local library on my way home!

    • Hi Rita,

      Congratulations on the opportunity to share you blog posts in a live reading – that is so impressive! Have a great time.

      Anyone who likes travel, photography, hiking, camping, fishing and stunningly beautiful scenic views should visit Rita’s blog, One Day in America: http://onedayinamerica.blogspot.com/

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