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National Library Week

National Library Week will be observed April 10-16, 2016 with the theme, “Libraries Transform.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Celebrations during National Library Week include: National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 12, 2016), a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers

Award Winning Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and also the honorary chair for National Library Week. “I am absolutely thrilled to be Honorary Chair of National Library Week,” said Yang. “Libraries were such an important part of my childhood, and they’re an important part of my life today. I visit my local library to research, to read, to write, and to be inspired. I’m deeply grateful for our nation’s libraries and librarians.”

In an interview with School Library Journal, Yang responded to the question ‘what is your favorite thing about libraries’ by saying “Libraries are physical embodiments of possibility. Every book has the potential to be the beginning of something new – a new perspective, a new love, a new plan for your life.”

Show your support for your local library during National Library Week (April 10-16) by visiting your library and by telling others what the library means to you. You can put it on Facebook or Tweet it or just tell the person in front of you in the store line. National Library Week is also a great time to say thank you to a librarian who has made a difference in your life.

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