Monday, April 9, 2018

National Library Week

National Library Week (April 8-14) is a time to commemorate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, acknowledge and honor diligent staff, and to promote library support. Whether it be providing free access to books, vibrant programming, centers for community and culture, social interaction, hubs of business and research, libraries offer opportunities to meet the needs and wants for audiences aplenty. The National Library Week 2018 observation will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, launched in 1958.

According to the American Library Association, “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.”

By 1957, plans were devised for National Library Week based on the belief that once individuals were motivated to read, they would in turn devote energies toward library usage. In 1958, the first National Library Week was observed, with the theme ‘Wake Up and Read!’

This year’s designation is ‘Libraries Lead’ and Bremen Public Library will again be bustling with activity. No doubt you recall the festivities in 2017, when Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat could be spotted making their way around town. More hijinks are in store this go-round, faithful storybook followers, as Elephant and Piggie are set to entertain and delight.

Have you visited your library lately?

This public service announcement brought to you by YA Librarian, Chris.

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