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Celebrating National Library Week

Mary Jo Dawson ABBE Director

Mary Jo Dawson

 

    
The ABBE Regional Library System is observing
National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010  with a host of events across the 14 libraries including storytimes, book clubs, movies, and appearances by two nationally recognized authors, Kathryn Wall and Andrew Geyer      

    
 Started by the American Library Association in 1958, this year’s National Library Week theme is Communities Thrive @ your Library.  Neil Gaiman (whose 2003 fantasy novel Coraline was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed move) is this year’s honorary chair.              

     
BACKGROUND

National Library Week was initiated after a group of concerned people formed a nonprofit citizens organization to encourage reading.  They saw a need for this when research in the mid-1950s showed Americans were spending less of their personal income on books and more on radios, televisions, and musical instruments. These concerned Americans wanted to promote reading because, to paraphrase their goals, it leads to increased income, health, and the development of strong and happy families.           

The result of their effort, National Library Week, is still being celebrated 52 years later.  The wealth of free information and entertainment resources provided by public libraries is good reason for celebration all year long.   The American Library Association (ALA) website especially notes the following dates:    

  • Monday, April 12 – Release of “The State of America’s Libraries” report.
  • Tuesday, April 13 –  National Library Workers Day
  • Wednesday, April 14 –  First annual National Bookmobile Day.  Also on this day, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom releases the “Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2009” list.
  • Thursday, April 15 –  Support Teen Literature Day

So join the celebration this week by visiting an ABBE library.  You may come away a little richer, a little healthier, and a whole lot happier.    Communities Thrive at Your Library               

Mary Jo Dawson, Director
ABBE Regional Library System
            


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