Libraries equal strong communities.
That’s the theme of this year’s National Library Week, a national initiative sponsored by the American Library Association to encourage people to celebrate the contributions libraries (and library workers) make that help shape the world we live in.
Think, for a moment, what libraries do for those around you. They give parents a place to supplement their children’s education and social development. They give students research assistance and tools to further their studies. They offer opportunities for those in need to better themselves so they can have hope for a brighter future. They make technology – even state-of-the-art technology – and training accessible to all, no matter their socioeconomic status. They provide entertainment and enrichment to anyone with a library card. Libraries level the playing field, giving everyone a chance to grow into the best person they can be.
Most of the time, libraries do their work quietly without asking for recognition or thanks – our satisfaction comes from seeing how the work we do impacts people’s lives – but once a year we do like to remind the public not to take libraries for granted. All kinds of libraries – public, private, academic and specialty – really do create stronger communities. So I hope you’ll take some time during National Library Week, April 7–13, to visit your local library and reconnect with us.
On Monday, April 8, the American Library Association releases its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, which will include a list of the Top 10 Frequently Challenged Books of 2018. On Tuesday, April 9, it’s National Library Workers Day, when we recognize the people who work hard to make sure your library is the best it can be. On Thursday, April 11, it’s Take Action for Libraries Day, when we ask you to tell us your story about how a library helped shape your life – share your stories on social media, using the hashtag #LearnGrowConnect and tag us in your posts. We’d love to know how we’ve had an impact on you!