Tuesday, April 11, 2017

National Library Week!!

Guess what week it is???

It's National Library Week!!!

As most of you know by now, my day job is as a Library Technician/Cataloger on a small military installation. I am extremely passionate about literacy and books in general, but overwhelmingly so about Libraries and their place in the community.

I think it's fairly safe for me to assume that if you're reading this blog, you are also a fan of the written word...or you're related to me, in which case you are probably also a fan of books. I don't know many people who aren't. If that's the case, I'd like to ask a favor of you.

Since it's National Library Week, I'd love for you to help me spread the love for our libraries. I know that everyone is busy, so I'm going to give you a few suggestions on ways to help the cause this week because Libraries need our help. Budgets and funding are being cut, and some people just don't realize everything that is available in our libraries anymore. I have previously written about what resources you can find at most libraries (here and here) and I also have a video on my Facebook page talking about how to make your library work for YOU instead of the other way around. Libraries have become more like Community Centers...but I won't repeat myself here, or this is going to be a super long post instead of short and sweet.

So, how can you help spread the love this week??

My first suggestion would be to stop in at your local Library this week. Most Libraries are going to be doing something special, and would appreciate having the extra visitors. My Library is having an open house all day tomorrow with a special "Libraries Through The Ages" Program and refreshments! We have put a lot of work into it, and would be horribly disappointed if we had low participation. How many places do you know where everything in it is FREE, and they are just BEGGING to do stuff for you?? So stop in at your Library if you have the time.

If you don't have the time for a Library trip, consider visiting www.ilovelibraries.org and checking out their section on National Library Week. They have some really cool graphics you can share on social media, and they even have one of those banners you can add to your profile picture on Facebook. Today is National Library Workers Day, so I submitted a few coworkers on the Submit a Star section of the ALA website so if you know anyone who works in a library that is just ROCKING their job, maybe throw them a bone (or a star I guess) on there! Toss out a few cool Library-centric hashtags on Twitter or Instagram this week...like #nationallibraryweek or #librariestransform along with your book photo. Every little bit helps.

And if you really want to be a hero to the staff of your local Library...bring them cookies. You would be surprised what we will do for a Patron if they bring us cookies. 😋

If you like books, you should love Libraries. They are magical places that contain the ability to transform your life. I truly believe that. So...help me share the love.

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