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.

2013 Youth Media Award Winners Announced Today

The American Library Association’s 2013 Youth Media Awards were announced this morning from Seattle, including recipients of the distinguished Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King book awards, among other honors.

This year’s winners include The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Newbery Medal), This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Caldecott Medal), and Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea David Pinkney (King Author Award). Here’s the complete list.

Each year, the ALA honors books, videos and other materials intended for children and teen readers and viewers. The awards “guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth,” according to the ALA website.

“The awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.”

If you’d like to see the hour-long event, check out the ALA Youth Media Awards archived webcast.

For background details on each award, click here.

It’s Library Card Sign-up Month!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when the American Library Association sponsors Library Card Sign-up Month to remind kids and parents alike that the best resources for homework and life can be found at your local public library.

But you can do so much more than borrow books or look up online references with your library card. In fact, the ALA has this nifty slide show with 60 Ways to Use Your Library Card. Check ‘em out!