Do you have memories of storytime as a child at the library, meeting the bookmobile to get a book, bringing your own children to meet zoo animals, or finding out information about your family through genealogy research? The library holds a special place and special memories for many. As a reflection of what the Library means to all of us, we celebrate National Library Week, a time to honor all library and staff contributions made to the community. This week is sponsored by American Library Association (ALA) and observed every April across the country. The theme for National Library Week 2021 is “Welcome to Your Library,” which focuses on all the library has to offer, not just what is found inside the buildings.
The pandemic forced us to look at increasing accessibility outside of our walls, creating new service opportunities, and altering the way some resources and services are being offered. Some of the new ideas that have been implemented at the library include:
- Curbside pick up for books and printing
- Virtual storytimes, classes, and book clubs
- Self-checkout app for meeScan
- Availability to Reserve Your Visit with reservable times for proctoring, notary, Study Cafe, Makerspace, and Play, Grow, Read areas
This year during National Library Week, let’s celebrate libraries and the innovative ways they are continuing to serve their communities. You can participate in social media campaigns, sit in on a live conversation with Dan Rather in celebration of National Library Week, try out a new service or database, and come visit us at the library.
Days of Celebration During National Library Week
- Monday, April 5: The State of America’s Libraries Report: Special Edition is released, which also includes Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020.
- Tuesday, April 6: National Library Workers Day, a day for recognizing the role of library staff in keeping our libraries running. Nominate a library staff member to be featured on the American Library Association’s website!
- Wednesday, April 7: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the people who make this outreach possible in the community. Read more about the history of our bookmobile. It is also a day to celebrate National Library Outreach Day and taking Library resources and services out into the community to meet customers where they are. This includes services such as Doorstep Delivery, for those that cannot leave the house, and resources and lessons delivered to local schools through the Libraries 360 program.
- Thursday, April 8: Take Action for Libraries Day, is a day to fight for public libraries. Let your voice be heard. Follow issues by signing up for latest advocacy news that support libraries and find out how you can help.
Read more about National Library Week from the American Library Association (ALA).