Although I share all sorts of different content on this blog, one topic is near and dear to my heart: libraries. This week is National Library Week, and true to that, I’ll be posting all about libraries all week long.
First thing first, though: what is NLW all about? Each year in mid-April the American Library Association dedicates a week to recognize the positive impact that libraries have on the lives of Americans each day. The observance began in 1958, and all different types of libraries — from research libraries to public libraries — participate. It’s a big week in the world of libraries, and well-known authors like Judy Blume are supporters.
The week-long celebration includes National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day, and Celebrate Teen Literature Day. The theme for NLW this year is “Lives change @ your library,” and anyone who finds a way to participate will contribute to a broader narrative about how valuable libraries are.
So, how do you celebrate? It’s easy!
- Tweet about how the library has shaped your life using the hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14
- Have a lengthy story of library love? Share it in the ALA story collection
- Have kids? Check out the NLW Family Guide
- Snap a library selfie with a speech bubble filled with reasons you love your library. Share it on Twitter or Instagram, or email it to your local library. Check out the NLW Flickr page for inspiration!
- While you’re at it, see what your local library is doing for NLW and get in on the fun!
The takeaway here? Find a way to honor your love for libraries this week! It’s a great way to get involved in your community, and people participating helps more than they know.
How are you going to celebrate National Library Week? Share your thoughts in the comments!