Monday, April 12, 2010

Have You Hugged Your Local Library Lately?

Let your library love shine as today kicks off the beginning of National Library Week. So if you haven't been to the library in awhile to pay your respects, this week is the perfect--if not best--time to do just that. And who knows, maybe your favorite librarian will be in such a good mood they'll waive those late fees for you. Maybe.

This year, libraries all around the country will be celebrating their special week to the theme of "Communities Thrive @ Your Library," and the American Library Association has chosen Neil Gaiman as this year's Honorary Chair of National Library Week. Though not in Seattle, Gaiman will be speaking about libraries and censorship as a part of the honorary week and will appear in print and radio PSAs nationwide.

The Seattle Public Libraries will be giving away free commemorative bookmarks (while supplies last) at all locations and the "Animal Truck" bookmobile will be parked on 4th Ave. in front of the downtown Central Library from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on April 14--National Bookmobile Day. The bookmobile program reaches out to provide library services to those who cannot get to a physical library due to age, disability, or illness.

Mayor Mike McGinn has signed a proclamation in honor of National Library Week and encourages all Seattle residents “to visit The Seattle Public Library this week to take advantage of the wonderful library resources available.” All Seattle Public Library branches offer diverse programs for all ages, daily tours, and now, even the ability to text a librarian for help. And if you don't have a library card already? Get to it; now's the perfect opportunity.

City Librarian Susan Hildreth speaks about her love for Seattle Public Libraries by saying, "Libraries are the heart of every community and our library helps our community thrive. At The Seattle Public Library, people of all backgrounds come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job or to find homework help.” As far as we've heard, Seattle Public Libraries even offer online tutoring help in homework (for free!).

National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and has been observed across the country each April since 1958--just over their 50th year anniversary this year. So we'll ask you again, have you hugged your local library lately?

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