Amy Chamberlin – This week, schools, campuses, and communities across the country celebrated National Library Week
April 16, 2010
To the Editor:
This week, schools, campuses, and communities across the country celebrated National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contribution libraries, librarians, and library workers make to their communities every day.
Libraries are the heart of every community and play a vital role in supporting the quality of life. Our nation’s school, academic, and public libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. Libraries are part of the American Dream – places for opportunity, education, self-help, and lifelong learning. In today’s tough economy, libraries offer FREE resources. People of all ages, classes, races, and backgrounds are invited to explore, dream, and learn. Our library helps the community thrive.
Here are a few of the things a library offers: a place for community meetings, a location for lectures and programs, research, help finding a job, resume help, learn new skills, homework help, connect to the Internet, computer training, book discussions, keep connected to events and people around the world, storytime for children, entertainment, volunteer opportunities, and, of course, books.
What makes the library unique is access to trained professionals – librarians – to help people find and interpret the information they need to make a difference in their lives.
All that’s missing is you. This is National Library Week, so visit your library today – in person or online.
This message was prepared in part by the American Library Association.
East Grand Middle School librarian