April is School Library Month and next week is National Library Week, the perfect time to show a little love to a library.
Each of you enjoyed the library media centers while you were in school. Learning to care for books, story time with felt boards, author studies, and weekly visits to check out books helped you develop a love of reading. Participation in library sponsored reading programs and competing on Book Bowl Teams created fond memories for each of you.
In addition, we spent many days at the Marion County Public Library checking out items, using research materials, and participating in events. We’d leave the building with bags of books providing hours of fun and then spend many more hours trying to locate all of the items we checked out. And despite the fact, we paid many fines for missing due dates, I never looked at “fines” as negative. We just made regular donations to the library…required donations, but ones put to good use.
One way you can show a little library love is to sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries which recognizes ten benefits of libraries.
- Libraries empower the individual.
- Libraries support literacy and life long learning.
- Libraries strengthen families.
- Libraries are the great equalizer.
- Libraries build communities.
- Libraries protect our right to know.
- Libraries strengthen our nation.
- Libraries advance research and scholarship.
- Libraries help us better understand each other.
- Libraries preserve our nation’s cultural heritage.
In celebration of National Library Week, library lovers are being asked to tweet about how the library has changed their life using the hashtags #Lives Change and #NLW14 or snap a library selfie to post. You can even win a Kindle Fire if you participate!
To be entered in the grand-prize drawing your text or photo library story must be posted to Twitter, Facebook or Flickr using the hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14 or added to the @ your library story collection between 9:00 a.m. CDT Monday, April 14 and and noon CDT on Friday, April 18, 2014.