April 10-16, 2016 is National Library Week. The roots of this annual celebration can be traced back to the 1950s when televisions began to become common household items alongside radios. Concerned that Americans were not reading as much as they used to, the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers decided to take action. Together they formed a committee whose purpose was to encourage people to read more during their leisure time. The committee’s efforts led to the first National Library Week, held in 1958.
ALA continues to sponsor the event with all types of libraries – public, school, academic, and special libraries – participating in the festivities. Mobile libraries even get their own special day of celebration with National Bookmobile Day, to be held on Wednesday, April 13.
In California, Governor Jerry Brown decided to join in the celebration and issued a proclamation declaring April 11 – April 16, 2016 as California Library Week.
Every year ALA picks a theme for the week. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” How do you think libraries have transformed over the years? How has access to libraries (and librarians) benefited you?
Libraries all across the country are participating in National Library Week. Check with your local library to see what’s happening near you.
How will you celebrate?
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