April 14-20 is National Library Week, a time set aside by the American Library Association to recognize the importance of libraries to communities.
Often when we think of libraries, we think of books. Today’s libraries still offer books and lots of other resources for information, recreations, and self-directed lifelong learning, But just as important is the library’s role as a community center where people can gather to enrich their lives, engage with their friends and neighbors to address ideas and local issues, share cultural experiences, and find a public place where they are always welcome.
In the words of the American Library Association, “Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.”
This week, celebrate your local library!