Happy National Library Week!

National Library Week started yesterday, April 8th  and will end this Saturday the 14th.

What is National Library Week? From ala.org:

National Library Week (April 8- 14, 2018) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2018 National Library Week is “Libraries Lead,” and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland will serve as 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

National Library Week 2018 will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958. This national celebration is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate every year in National Library Week.

Main events taking place throughout the month of April are as follows:

You can read more about the 60 year history of National Library Week over at American Libraries Magazine’s website.

This year the National Library Week Honorary Chair goes to ballerina Misty Copeland.  Copeland made history in 2015 when she became the first African American woman (in the company’s 75-year history) in the company’s 75-year history.to ever be promoted to the position of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

She’s also the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Her 2014 memoir  Life in Motion and  Ballerina Body, released last year. She also wrote a picture book titled Firebird which won the  Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015.

As we celebrate libraries this week, take time to get to know your local libraries a bit better.  Here are some past posts of mine that’ll get your journey started:

Learn about the various types of libraries through my Types of Libraries Infographic and learn Five Facts about Libraries from this infographic I created.

I also got the opportunity to conduct four interviews with librarians and library staff from libraries around the country! Here they are linked below:

ALA Library’s Karen Muller

Florida Department of Corrections’ Dean Peterson

New York Public Library’s Brandy McNeil

The Library of Congress’s Jennifer Gavin

Libraries are important to society and they need all of the support that they can get. Support your local library today!

 

 

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