Did you know April 8-14 is National Library Week? First sponsored in 1958, this week is dedicated to the libraries across the nation, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the United States each April.
But libraries aren’t just for checking out books anymore. These days, you can do anything from search for jobs to go to a craft class with your kids. My local library has monthly writing groups, book clubs, and has children’s activities at least once a week (these range from American Girl parties to crafts to movie nights).
Libraries do a lot of good for the community as well. Many across the country have book mobiles to travel to the homes of those who can’t get to the library (National Book Mobile Day is April 11). The library is where I first discovered
my passion for reading through the summer reading book club.
Of course, libraries are still there for those of us who like to browse the titles, and check out books for free. It’s a great way to save some money (especially for a bibliophile like me). Most libraries also have an extensive DVD collection that patrons can check out just as they would books.
For more information about National Library Week, go to atyourlibrary.org. There you can find National Library Week materials, information about libraries, and even get Facebook cover art. You can even locate your closest library, so you can go get a library card and start utilizing all the unique services that the library has to offer!