Please join me and the Palm Beach County Library System in celebrating National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019)! According to the American Library Association (ALA), the week is a special time to celebrate libraries.
“National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.
“This year’s theme, Libraries = Strong Communities, illustrates how today’s libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools and campuses, providing critical resources, programs and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture or income level, can come together to connect and learn.”
I am happy to see that many media outlets are promoting National Library Week. This year, CNN has a special story on “9 facts about librarians you probably didn’t know.” For example, did you know that 1.3 billion people visit public libraries every year, more than the 1.24 billion movie theater admissions in 2017. So why not celebrate the week by stopping into your local library and picking up a DVD or book. They are free to borrow with your card!