You belong here!

April 2, 2012 by  
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One of our favorite times of the year is coming up soon at BCPL – and libraries nationwide.

“You Belong @ Your Library” is the theme of National Library Week 2012, when we celebrate libraries and their importance in their communities. But we would not exist if it weren’t for you, the library user. Perhaps it should be called National Library Patron Week. Let’s just put the focus on both – the library and the patrons – when we celebrate April 8-14.

Our big event during the week is our 5th annual Community Fair – to be held this year on Saturday, April 14, at the Kyova Branch, from 1 to 3 p.m. It is an event designed to put all Boyd County community in the spotlight. Community groups, organizations and clubs will be set up in the Kyova Mall concourse, just outside the branch, ready to pass out information and giveaway items, and answer questions about what they do. It’s a great time for groups to get new members and volunteers, and vice versa.

Sometimes it’s hard to find that particular group or program you are interested in, and it’s hard for groups to find new members or volunteers. So, BCPL brings both sides together for an educational and fun afternoon.

BCPL Friends will be hosting a bake sale, and the library will provide drinks. Any group that would like to participate should call Amanda Clark at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140.

But why set aside a whole week for libraries? Because libraries do a lot!

Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children, or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong @ your library.

Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, and many classes and creative and resourceful programs.

Although  the current National Library Week originated in 1958, the idea of a week to promote libraries was not new. In fact, the publicity committee of the American Library Association recommended such a week in 1922. That suggestion was prompted by the success of Indiana Library Week in April 1922. Hawaii promoted what it called National Library Week in the early 1940s.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious – they ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.”

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving all people. This National Library Week, please join BCPL and its staff by celebrating the place where we all belong.

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