Celebrate National Library Week April 4-10, 2021

During the week of April 4-10,  we join libraries in communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries have stayed true to their mission during the coronavirus pandemic, and illustrate how today’s libraries are at the heart of our communities, providing critical resources, programs and expertise. Our libraries are more than book repositories and a movie for movie night. They also provide a public space where the public, regardless of age, culture or income level, can come together to connect and learn. Elected officials, small business owners, students, and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to meet the needs of their communities. By providing resources such as eBooks, technology courses, Zoom Rooms, English as a Second Language (ESL) materials, job development programs or safe spaces, libraries and librarians are leaders in their communities.

It's also a perfect moment to re-evaluate to ensure libraries best serve their patrons. My hope among library advocates is that the coronavirus closures will spark more awareness of the services they offer, the opportunity to increase collections at a few select libraries, and have a community's desire to preserve and protect its past. Some have impressive architectural and historical significance and are fixtures in their neighborhoods.

Be sure to visit the Library during National Library Week and say thank you to the staff for the work they do.

Take advantage of the wonderful resources libraries offer during this challenging time! Happy National Library Week! 

Emery Pinter

Worked in marketing research, marketing, and was a Librarian and Bookstore Manager.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 12:00 PM, 04.02.2021